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Crop progress report 0915: Precipitation slowed harvest in western Washington

From NASS There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week. A lot of precipitation was received in western Washington which helped replenish soil moisture, but slowed harvest. In San Juan County, livestock continued to graze in any field that had regrowth. In Chelan and Douglas counties apple harvest for ... Read More »

Key Columbia River lock shutdown stops all barges headed for export

From DTN’s Progressive Farmer The Columbia-Snake River System in the Pacific Northwest is the nation’s single largest wheat export gateway, transporting over 50% of all U.S. wheat to markets overseas. That all came to a temporary, but very significant, stoppage at the Bonneville Lock and Dam, located about 40 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. On Thursday, Sept. 5, the lock ... Read More »

Dryland cash rent unchanged from last year

From NASS Cropland Cash Rent Cash rent expense for all cropland in Washington is $201 per acre for 2019, down $2.00 per acre from the previous year. Irrigated cropland is estimated at $360 per acre, up $2.00 per acre from 2018.┬áNonirrigated cropland rental expense is $75.00 per acre, unchanged from last year.┬áIdaho is estimated at $159 per acre for 2019, ... Read More »

ARC/PLC enrollment begins

From the Washington State FSA September newsletter The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Elections and enrollment for 2019 ARCPLC began on Sept. 3, 2019. The 2020 enrollment and yield updates will begin in October of 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill requires, as a condition of base acre payment eligibility for 2019, ... Read More »

Columbia, Snake river systems have crucial role in moving grain to port

By Michael Anderson U.S. Wheat Associates Assistant Director, West Coast Office Early in 2019, I attended a presentation given by the Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA), Kristin Meira. In the audience were farmers eager to hear how U.S. legislators shared their interests regarding the ongoing navigability of the Columbia and Snake River systems. Open waterways are ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0901: Dry week for Washington producers

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.4 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had a dry week; prime growing areas had a deficit of eight to 12 inches of rainfall. Soil moisture and drought conditions intensified with only a trace of precipitation for the past week. Shallow-rooted crops and pasture ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0818: Warm, dry conditions reported across most of Washington

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington reported above average temperatures. Conditions became drier with ponds continuing to drop. Only small irrigated operations were doing well. So far, there were no concerns regarding crop damage or cattle losses due to weather conditions. Yakima County ... Read More »

Wheat harvest reaped grain, abundant goodwill as Ritzville rallied to help farmer fighting cancer

From the Spokesman-Review Larry Yockey seeded 1,200 acres of wheat last fall as he always did. Following two years of bumper crops, he believed 2019 had the potential to be another strong season. Then, during the depths of winter, Yockey received the devastating news: he had stage four melanoma. The initial treatments went well, though the daily fatigue and pain ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0811: Rain, hail affected crops across Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had weak storm fronts that brought cooler temperatures. Spotty rain showers stabilized crops, pastures, and soil moisture. Harvest continued for cereal crops. Some producers weaned calves and culled cows. Lighter, sandy soils were stressed. Vegetable and berry ... Read More »