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Crop progress 6/25: Heat causes a surge in growth

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent, very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 62 percent good and 19 percent excellent. A low temperature of 38 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ... Read More »

Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

Leg Report

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/18: Weather did little to hinder fruit

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 9 percent fair, 61 percent good and 30 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 88 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 8 degrees below normal to ... Read More »

WSU publishes bulletin on wheat head armyworm complex

From smallgrains.wsu.edu A newly published Extension Bulletin, PNW696, is titled “Integrated Pest Management for the Wheat Head Armyworm Complex in the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2005, the wheat head armyworm has caused intermittent damage to wheat and barley crops in the region. The two insect species found responsible were initially dubbed the “true” and “false” wheat head armyworms. As these species are ... Read More »

Exploring how ag speaks environmental at WPC panel

(From left) Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green joined dairy farmer Julie Loveall and rancher Dick Coon at the Washington Policy Center’s Solutions Summit in Spokane to talk about how farmers and ranchers protect the state’s natural resources through technology and innovative equipment. The panel was moderated by Madilynne Clark (right), the Washington Policy Center’s agriculture director.

By Trista Crossley For an industry that feeds and clothes the nation, not to mention much of the world, agriculture seems to be constantly under fire, accused of practices that are harmful to the environment and consumers. Last month, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green took part in a panel designed to address some of those misconceptions ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/4: Warm weather welcomed

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported 1 percent poor, 6 percent fair, 72 percent good and 21 percent excellent. A low temperature of 42 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 98 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 1 degree ... Read More »

Outreach help wanted

WAWG is run by farmers who volunteer their time and energy. As such, the organization is always looking for people to help out at education events, such as farm fairs, expos and the recent Almira Ag STEM day (above). Marci Green, WAWG vice president, puts out the request for more volunteers. She says: “The educational events are usually in spring, ... Read More »

Crop progress 5/30: Farmers rush to catch up

From NASS There were 6.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 73 percent good and 17 percent excellent. A low temperature of 37 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 95 was reported in both the central and southeastern regions. Statewide ... Read More »

Wheat grower meetings coming to a plot tour near you

Growers from Grant and Douglas counties enjoyed a catered BBQ meal last summer while hearing state and national updates.

In the wheat world, summer’s long, hot days lead not only to harvest, but usually barbecues seasoned with plot tours and updates on county and state business. Most county wheat growers groups will partner with the Washington State University Extension Cereal Variety Testing Program to hold a county meeting immediately before or after one of their local plot tours. Washington ... Read More »