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NAWG CEO says heat, drought hurting wheat crop

From the Capital Press Over the summer, National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule toured six wheat-producing states. He says Washington wheat farmers hold a dubious distinction. “I hate to tell you this, but Washington still wins,” he told the Capital Press by phone Aug. 4. “You all still have the shortest wheat that’s got the most heat stress on ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/01: Extremely dry conditions on nonirrigated land in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, down from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Aug. 1, were above normal. In San Juan County, drought conditions remained. Most hay was done, but a lot was poor quality. Some fields of barley pulled through the drought and were harvested. Blueberry harvest had begun, and other ... Read More »

Drought threatens fall wheat planting in parts of Eastern Washington

From the Capital Press A dearth of soil moisture due to drought might not allow researchers to plant wheat this fall at Washington State University’s dryland research station, and farmers in other parts of the region might face the same problem. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington wheat growers face low yields in record drought year

From the Spokesman-Review Short stalks, thin rows, cracked soil and small bushels; the wheat Kevin Klein is harvesting in a field near Sprague just looks plain different this year. At least that’s what he sees, and considering he’s a fourth generation farmer who’s been working some type of a field for basically his entire life, its not too much of ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/25: Dry conditions, winter wheat harvest continued in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 25, were above normal. In Whatcom County, drought conditions remained. All crops needed irrigation. Raspberry harvest ended, and blueberry harvest began. In San Juan County, many farms had livestock on stockpiled feed. Many grazing pastures were completely brown. ... Read More »

Elevators discount high-protein wheat, offer premiums for low-protein crops

From the Capital Press Northwest white wheat farmers may see discounts because of high protein levels in their crops. Higher protein wheat is good for crackers, but detrimental for most soft white products such as cookies or cakes, said Art Bettge, a Moscow, Idaho, industry consultant. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington farm groups join fray over capital gains tax

From the Capital Press Washington’s pending capital gains tax will burden farmers and ranchers and influence investment decisions, eight agricultural groups assert in a court document. The groups filed an amicus brief July 16 in Douglas County Superior Court, supporting a lawsuit filed by the Washington Farm Bureau and some of its members challenging the tax’s constitutionality. Read the rest ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/18: Washington Temps remained above normal, winter wheat harvest picked up

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending July 18, were above normal. In San Juan County, high temperatures remained throughout the area. Water was needed for crops and livestock. In Snohomish County, blueberry harvest continued, but some were damaged due to severe heat levels. Some pastures ... Read More »

Washington governor seeks presidential assistance for drought-stricken producers

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has sent a letter to President Biden asking for additional federal assistance for the Evergreen State’s producers. The letter says, in part: “Unfortunately, in addition to the ongoing drought and low soil moisture problems, an extreme heat wave hit the state at the end of June. High temperature records were set across the state, topping out ... Read More »