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Crop progress 1013: First freeze of the year in Washington

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.5 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had its first freeze for the season. San Juan County had more rain and a cold wave with freezing temperatures. There was already standing water on recently harvested silage fields in Snohomish County. Producers were busy trying ... Read More »

Crop progress 1006: Washington producers concerned with wet, cold conditions

From NASS There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 4.1 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington continued to be wet. Harvest was bogged down by saturated field conditions. Many producers were concerned about unharvested crops still in fields. No hay was cut due to weather. Tree fruit crops were harvested along with late-fall ... Read More »

Charting a path through a rearranged global economy

By Trista Crossley For a guy who routinely talks about the end of the world order as we know it, Peter Zeihan sure is popular. Zeihan, a geopolitical strategist, book author and popular speaker, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Nov. 13-16 at the Davenport Grand in Spokane, Wash. He last spoke ... Read More »

Navigating through a field of dreams

By Trista Crossley Every speaker needs a hook, and Jim Morris has a great one. “I had a movie made about me that had a good looking guy play me,” Morris explained. Morris will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention Nov. 13-16 at the Davenport Grand in Spokane, Wash. The movie he is ... Read More »

Calling all producers

There’ll be something for everyone at the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention When: Nov. 13-16 Where: Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane, Wash. What: Register here It hardly seems possible, but once again, the annual Tri-State Grain Growers Convention is almost here. This year’s gathering will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., Nov. 13-16. As in years past, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0929: Washington damp and delayed

From NASS There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 4.9 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington had cold, wet weather for the week. Soil moisture recovered from the summer drought. Work conditions were wet, and field work slowed down. Pastures rebounded and grass was supple. Alfalfa was about knee-high. Some areas received six ... Read More »

Winter wheat production in Northwest region

From NASS  Winter wheat  Washington planted 1.75 million acres of winter wheat in 2019, up 50,000 acres from 2018. Harvested area, at 1.70 million acres, is up 50,000 acres from 2018. Winter wheat production in Washington is 119 million bushels, down 5 percent from last year with yield estimated at 70.0 bushels per acre, down 6.0 bushels per acre from ... Read More »

Wheat ambassador program accepting applications

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is now accepting applications for the Wheat Ambassador Program. The program offers leadership and advocacy opportunities within the wheat industry and is open to children of WAWG members who are entering their senior year of high school. Any assistance in encouraging eligible students to apply would be greatly appreciated! Program information can be ... Read More »

U.S.-Japan tariff agreement signed; wheat growers take a deep breath of satisfaction

Wind out of the West today was the collective sigh of relief by thousands of wheat farmers, landlords and agribusinesses in Eastern Washington upon hearing news that a trade agreement had been signed between the U.S. and Japan. The agreement will put U.S. wheat on an equal footing into Japan as wheat from Canada and Australia. Beginning in 2018, those ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0922: Heavy rains delayed harvest in Washington

From NASS There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.0 days suitable the previous week. There were seasonal storms in western Washington. Cover crops were planted with good ground moisture. Tree fruit was harvested. In Okanogan and Ferry counties, the abundance of moisture caused damage to fall-seeded crops. In Yakima County, there were no ... Read More »