Crop insurance final plant date and prevented planting

The WAWG office has received multiple inquires regarding the final spring plant date for crop insurance purposes. With up to 200 percent precipitation over last year throughout Eastern Washington, current field conditions are causing growers to be concerned about their ability to meet RMA’s final plant date. WAWG is in communication with the Spokane Regional RMA office on this issue. Growers are encouraged ... Read More »

Proposed rule changes for restricted-use herbicides

From WSU’s Wheat and Small Grains website The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is considering rule changes affecting the use of restricted-use herbicides. The possible rule changes were agreed upon by a workgroup consisting of representatives from Washington State University (WSU) and various agricultural sector representatives, including the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. The existing rules covering restricted-use pesticides ... Read More »

Legislative update: Special session likely

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday marked the 93rd day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, when all bills must have passed out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committees to remain “alive.” The next legislative deadline is April 12 when all bills must have passed out of both chambers to remain “alive,” unless they are ... Read More »

Welcome to Wheat College

This year marks the fifth annual Wheat College, an educational outreach effort from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). Landing in the Tri-Cities for the first time, Wheat College will be held at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This popular workshop has been held throughout Eastern Washington wheat ... Read More »

Wheat industry seeks federal funding for falling number research

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest wheat industry is asking Congress to fund research into the reliability and accuracy of the falling number test and the quality of soft white wheat. The industry wants the U.S. House appropriations committee to provide $1 million to the USDA Agricultural Research Service to study the accuracy of the test and $2 million ... Read More »

Stripe rust is widely occurring in the PNW

By Dr. Xianming Chen April 6, 2017 On April 5, 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 ranged from Feekes 2 to 7. We found stripe rust in all of these counties and about 80 percent of more than 70 fields checked. For ... Read More »

NASS: Pulse, canola acres on the rise in PNW

From the Capital Press Farmers in the Northwest are planting more pulses, canola and barley, forgoing some wheat acreage as a result of low prices. Chickpea, canola and barley acres increased in the PNW, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service prospective plantings report. “I think farmers are looking for options to plant something other than wheat when they ... Read More »

Legislative update: Budgets, budgets, budgets

Yesterday marked the 86th day of the legislative session. Another important legislative deadline occurred last week, when all bills from the opposite chamber must have passed out of their respective policy committee to remain “alive” this session. Yesterday was another deadline in which all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s fiscal committees to remain alive. House releases and passes operating ... Read More »

Crop progress report 4/2: Winter lingered in Washington state

From NASS There were 4.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 1% very poor, 12% poor, 33% fair, 52% good, and 2% excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees Fahrenheit was reported in the northeast region, while a high of 69 degrees was reported in central Washington. Statewide temperature differentials ranged ... Read More »

Benefit to Washington wheat producers associated with increased farmer program flexibility

From small Wheat farmers signing up for U.S. farm program benefits in early 2015 were asked to select between a revenue based program (Agricultural Risk Coverage – ARC) or a price based program (Price Loss Coverage – PLC). Once a choice was made, the choice was binding over the entire life of the 2014 Farm Bill. This created a ... Read More »