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Crop progress report 0513: Washington alfalfa was ready to cut, while some cattle ventured towards mountains

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 68 percent good and 12 percent excellent. A low temperature of 36 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in the northeast and western ... Read More »

Columbia River Treaty negotiator hears comments, concerns

By Trista Crossley In recent months, much of the media spotlight has been focused on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, but negotiations are about to start on another agreement critical to Pacific Northwest agriculture—the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Jill Smail, the negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, visited Spokane, Wash., ... Read More »

Brazil, other competitors aim to win U.S export markets

For the past few weeks, Agri-Pulse has been running a series of indepth articles about agricultural trade. Here’s the fourth article. Links to the first three are at the bottom of this page. From Agri-Pulse You won’t find any tourists in the muddy, mosquito-ridden town of Barcarena in Brazil’s state of Pará, but you can’t miss the almost constant parade ... Read More »

Stripe rust update: Disease is generally low in Eastern Washington, but starting to appear in Palouse

By Dr. Xianming Chen On Monday, we were checking wheat fields in Adams, Lincoln, Douglas, Grant and Whitman counties. Winter wheat crops ranged from early jointing (Feekes 5) to boot stage (Feekes 10). Stripe rust was found in few fields and generally low. No rust was found in most of the checked fields. In the fields found with stripe rust, ... Read More »

Crop progress 0506: Planting, spraying underway in Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 56 percent good and 8 percent excellent. A low temperature of 31 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 85 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. The statewide temperature ... Read More »

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 »