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Farm Bill, Trade hot topics at 2017 fall wheat industry conference

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Editor’s note: The leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ fall conference this week, sharing Washington wheat farmer priorities and helping craft the wheat industry’s farm bill message to lawmakers. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) held its annual fall conference this week ... Read More »

Washington Ecology proposes response to Hirst

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From the Capital Press The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to assess water supplies in targeted watersheds, a first step in judging whether a state Supreme Court decision has truly closed rural areas to new household wells. The proposal applies to 15 basins, about one-third of the state, most obviously affected by last year’s Hirst decision, a ruling criticized by ... Read More »

Don’t forget to apply for ag student scholarship

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Jerry Minore was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and an advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/15: Temperatures begin to drop for Washington

There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 13 percent good. A low temperature of 20 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 72 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 9 to 3 degrees ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/08: Harvesters were going full tilt in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 26 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 30 percent fair and 11 percent good. A low temperature of 25 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged ... Read More »

Northwest drought retreats; seasonal outlook turns colder, wetter

From the Capital Press Oregon and Washington’s flash droughts are receding, and La Niña is shaping up in the Pacific Ocean, causing long-range forecasts for the Northwest to turn wetter and cooler, federal climatologists reported Thursday. Some 64 percent of Washington is in a drought, down from 78 percent the week before, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Oregon’s drought ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/17: A bit of rain received with more to follow for Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 39 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 8 percent good. A low temperature of 30 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 4 degrees below ... Read More »

KSU releases 2016-17 national ARC-CO projections

From Kansas State University Risk Management Agency (RMA) county yields used for the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) have been released. RMA splits all of its county yields between irrigated and nonirrigated yields so a combined yield is estimated for counties that have a combined (ALL) ARC-CO payment. Estimated ARC-CO payments for 2016/17 are derived from Kansas State University estimated Marketing Year Average ... Read More »

SCD looking for partners to protect water, benefit working lands

Funds available for conservation tillage, buffers and more It is time for agricultural and timber/forestry landowners to apply for funding to improve production on their working lands and provide environmental benefits. Landowners within the Greater Spokane River Watershed in Washington and Idaho can seek a portion of more than $15 million being invested by a bi-state partnership to improve practices ... Read More »