State

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 »

Crop Progress 0408: Washington blossoms emerged and precipitation was plentiful

From NASS There were 4.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 4 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 38 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 70 degree F was reported in ... Read More »

Benton County grower elected to NAWG board as secretary

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) congratulates Nicole Berg, a grower from Benton County, on her election as secretary to the board of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG). “I think there needed to be representation from the Pacific Northwest to make sure that our voices are heard at the national level,” Berg said on why she decided ... Read More »

Chinese tariff on wheat hits farmers

Pacific Northwest farmers are bracing for serious losses in the Chinese market after the country announced its intentions to impose a 25 percent tariff on all U.S. wheat in reaction to tariff’s imposed by President Trump on Chinese goods. More than 12.5 million bushels of the region’s flagship soft white wheat class, have been shipped to China during the 2017/2018 ... Read More »

China’s response to new U.S. tariffs will hurt U.S. wheat farmers

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers With the announcement today that China intends to retaliate against the latest proposed U.S. tariffs, hard-working U.S. farmers are clearly in the line of fire from what looks more and more like an escalating trade war with China. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

Crop Progress 04/02: Washington remained cool while planting progressed

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 4 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 50 percent fair, 29 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 22 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 69 was reported in the southeast ... Read More »

NASS predicts 2 percent increase in 2018 Washington wheat acreage

From NASS Washington state is estimated to have 2.23 million total acres planted to wheat in 2018, up 2 percent from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.7 million acres for this year, unchanged from 2017. Spring wheat acres planted are estimated at 530,000 acres, up 7 percent from last year. Wheat producers in Idaho expect ... Read More »

National Wheat Foundation guest blog: Alex McGregor on the importance of trade

Hi, I’m Alex McGregor of The McGregor Company, a seventy- year old family fertilizer and crop protection enterprise, and of McGregor Land and Livestock, a ranch where we have raised wheat and livestock since pioneer days. (Editor’s note: Alex McGregor is a longtime advocate of agriculture in Eastern Washington. He served as president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers ... Read More »

Crop progress report 03/18: A normal month for Washington

From NASS The statewide temperature differential for the month of March ranged from 4° F below to 2° F above normal. A low temperature was reported at 10° F in the northeast region. A high temperature was reported at 74° F in the western region. Washington had a normal March in terms of moisture and average temperature. Snow accumulation looked ... Read More »