Stripe rust update 5/29: Stripe rust developing in experimental fields in Palouse region

By Dr. Xianming Chen This morning, I was checking fields in the Palouse region. Winter wheat was at boot to heading stages (Feekes 10-10.3). Stripe rust was found in all of our experimental winter wheat fields around Pullman, Wash. Rust appeared in small foci of mostly 5-10 stems, except one row entirely infected. Most foci had rust on leaves from bottom ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0526: Cool temps, late May precipitation surprised Washington growers

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week. Forecasted rain was well received in Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties, where concerns of summer drought arose. Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties received up to half an inch of rain, yet crops still showed signs of browning ... Read More »

Seizing the moment

Wheat ambassador finds an opportunity to advocate in an unexpected place By Lacey Miller I have never been to Olympia before, so Olympia Days was something I will never forget. What made my experience worthwhile was that I was not there just to sightsee, but I was given this extraordinary opportunity to help make a difference in the wheat industry. ... Read More »

Raising awareness

Wheat Ambassador sees a side of ag that doesn’t take place on a farm By Evan Henning Waking up early Tuesday morning, I didn’t know what to expect as I was grabbing my bags and getting into the car to head to the airport. I was very excited, and I couldn’t wait to experience the trip to Olympia representing the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0519: Rainy week for Washington reported

From NASS There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 the previous week. Producers in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties cut haylage and drier hay. Pastures were drier than average with livestock on fields that were usually too wet to graze. There were several reports of fires in Lewis County. The first cutting ... Read More »

USDA reopens continuous CRP sign-up

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs. “USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program ... Read More »

Forward progress on farm bill implementation

By Trista Crossley Nearly five months after the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law, implementation continues to move forward. In March, many of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies held listening sessions to gain input from stakeholders and the public on farm bill implementation. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) has been monitoring the process closely and ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0512: Washington livestock on pastures with warm weather

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.9 the previous week. Livestock were on pastures in Western Washington. Most ranchers finished calving and first cut of haylage was harvested. Vegetable growers along the Puget Sound transplanted seedlings. There were some operations that baled dry hay—the earliest for dry hay in recent memory. ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 0509: Stripe rust found in Franklin County

By Dr. Xianming Chen Yesterday, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Franklin counties in Washington and Umatilla County in Oregon. Winter wheat ranged from early jointing (Feekes 5) to heading (Feekes 10). Stripe rust was found in several locations. At Central Ferry in Garfield County, severe stripe rust was found on squirreltail (wild rye) ... Read More »

No clean winners, losers in China trade dispute, WSU expert says

From the Spokesman-Review The short-term results of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China are clear for Eastern Washington: The value of agricultural exports including wheat, apples and cherries will be reduced. T. Randall Fortenbery, the Thomas B. Mick economics endowed chair at Washington State University, studied the impacts and said those damaging effects for Washington state are evident. Read ... Read More »