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WAWG opposes the administration’s proposed budget cuts to crop insurance, trade development programs

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With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) expresses a great deal of concern over significant reductions to risk management programs, trade development programs, and more. WAWG President Ben Adams, a wheat grower from Coulee City, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management and market access programs are critical to ... Read More »

Crop progress 5/21: A break from the rain allowed planting

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 67 percent good and 19 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees F was reported in the northeastern region, while a high temperature of 86 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from ... Read More »

Barley leaf rust is found east of the Cascades

Barley leaf rust on May 18, 2017.

By Dr. Xianming Chen Barley leaf rust Barley leaf rust (caused by Puccinia hordei) was found in a couple of fields planted with facultative winter barley variety ‘Maja’ in Walla Walla County, Wash., near the Oregon border. By May 18, rust incidence was 100 percent and severity ranged from 40 to 100 percent.  According to the grower, the fields were planted last October ... Read More »

Crop Progress 5/14: Rain delayed spring crop planting

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at, 2 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 62 percent good and 18 percent excellent. A low temperature of 28 degrees F was reported in northeast region, while a high temperature of 85 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 5 degrees below normal ... Read More »

Legislature still working on fix to water ruling

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Rural areas are still waiting for relief from the Legislature to fix the controversial Hirst water decision issued by the Washington State Supreme Court last fall that has severely curtailed economic development by limiting the use of permit-exempt wells. While several bills were introduced this session to address the court decision, one bill (E2SSB 5239) ... Read More »

Weather still conducive for stripe rust

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By Dr. Xianming Chen May 5, 2017 On May 2-3, we were planting spring nurseries and taking stripe rust notes in Mount Vernon (Skagit County), Wash. Winter wheat ranged Feekes 5 to 7. As usual, wheat stripe rust developed up to 40 percent severity on susceptible varieties. Barley stripe rust was found only in two rows of the same susceptible check ... Read More »

Legislator hears growers’ concerns on farm bill priorities

Whitman County grower Larry Cochran (right) voices some of his concerns to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) during her farm bill listening session in Colfax last month.

Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers took the opportunity in mid-April, while Congress was in Easter recess, to hold a farm bill listening session with growers in Colfax, Wash. “Most of you are aware that the farm bill is up to be reauthorized in 2018, and this is intended to be an initial conversation about the farm bill,” McMorris Rodgers said, ... Read More »

Governor signs DNR lease bill

Marci Green (left), vice president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), speaks with Gov. Jay Inslee during the signing of SSB 5051, a bill that triples the amount of time the Washington State Department of Natural Resources is required to give notice when terminating agricultural or grazing leases early. WAWG lobbyist Diana Carlen (far right) also attended the signing. Photo courtesy of the Washington State Legislative Support Services.

In mid-April, legislation prompted by a dispute between dryland wheat farmers and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. SSB 5051 requires DNR to provide at least 180 days notice before terminating an agriculture or grazing lease. DNR must also provide documentation that the state has a plan to sell, exchange ... Read More »