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Wheat grower associations return to nation’s capital to urge action on farm bill

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), along with grower associations from across the United States, will join the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) this week in Washington, D.C., to urge the advancement of legislation that will provide a strong safety net for farmers. WAWG has been closely monitoring progress of the 2018 Farm Bill. The House of Representatives ... Read More »

Facts about crop insurance in Washington state

Compiled by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Almost 3 million acres of cropland were covered by insurance in Washington in 2016, not including policies for livestock. More than $3 billion in ag liability was protected by crop insurance in Washington in 2016, including coverage for: livestock (through the Livestock Gross Margin or LGM policy); nurseries; diversified farms through Whole Farm ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0429: Sunny, warm days in Washington

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 92 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. The statewide temperature differential ... Read More »

US House moves to block spill of dam water to aid salmon

From the Capital Press The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would effectively stop the spilling of water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, both of Washington ... Read More »

Crop progress 0422: Spring brought a broad spectrum of conditions to Washington

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 46 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 25 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 73 degree F was reported in ... Read More »

Stripe rust hard to find in commercial fields, but present in some areas

By Dr. Xianming Chen Earlier this week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla, Benton, Franklin and Adams counties of Washington and Umatilla County of Oregon. Winter wheat crops ranged from Feekes 4 to 6. Stripe rust was found in breeding nurseries in Central Ferry (Garfield County), our rust monitoring nurseries in Walla Walla, and nurseries ... Read More »

From field to flour

By Michelle Hennings WAWG Executive Director I’ve been working with the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) for 14 years now, and I’ve seen the importance of not only educating consumers and policymakers, but our own industry as well. For many growers, wheat’s story ends at the local elevator, but there’s a much larger picture that all farmers should be ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0415: Deluge of rain impacted soil moisture and working days

From NASS There were 3.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 42 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 28 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degree F was reported in ... Read More »

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

From the Capital Press Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge’s order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April 3, and a push by environmentalists to ... Read More »

State denies oyster growers’ request to use pesticide; growers react

From the Capital Press State regulators on Monday tentatively denied a request by Willapa Bay oyster growers to use a pesticide to control shrimp that burrow in oyster and clam beds and make it hard for the shellfish to grow. In denying a permit, the Department of Ecology said that new scientific research and data show the pesticide imidacloprid would ... Read More »