State

Falling number appears in wheat, not as ‘massive’ as 2016

From the Capital Press Roughly half of falling number tests in the Spokane office of the state grain inspection program so far have been below the industry standard of 300, says Scott Steinbacher, Eastern Washington regional manager. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 0727: Winter wheat harvest continues in sunbaked Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were 9 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 37 percent fair and 34 percent good. A low temperature of 42 degrees F and a high temperature of 105 degrees F were reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged between 3 degrees below ... Read More »

Substation wildfire ravages fields, farms, families

From the Oregonian Cynthia Kortge had just gotten home from work when she started grabbing treasures she couldn’t leave behind. Officials had ordered a Level 3 evacuation. The warning means: Go now. A fire that eventually burned almost 80,000 acres in some of Oregon’s prime wheat country was creeping up on her two-story yellow home and the family’s farm. Read ... Read More »

WAWG in the news

As talk continued throughout the media regarding the administration’s proposed $12 billion trade mitigation effort, media outlets across Washington state have reached out to the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) to hear what the wheat industry thinks. Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director, and Marci Green, WAWG president, both participated in interviews recently. To hear Hennings interview with King5 News, ... Read More »

Crop progress 0723: Fires raged in dehydrated Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 7 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 46 percent fair, 35 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 39 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 106 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

Wheat organizations continue to support end to trade war as administration offers help for farmers

From NAWG and USW The Trump Administration announced today that it would provide $12 billion to help farmers cope with the results of the current trade dispute ignited by new U.S. tariffs. U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are glad that the administration recognizes farming as a risky business and acknowledges that farmers need ... Read More »

As harvest gets underway, Northwest wheat crop looks ‘superb’

From the Capital Press Pacific Northwest wheat leaders says they are optimistic. Early reports indicate average yields or higher and slightly higher prices compared to last year. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »

Outlook ‘cautiously optimistic’ for low falling number wheat

From the Capital Press USDA research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber says she is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of falling number in this year’s Pacific Northwest wheat crop. Steber is testing wheat samples for susceptibility to the starch damage problem. Falling number is a test that measures wheat quality. Low falling number is caused when the enzyme alpha amylase ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0716: Washington was parched

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 3 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 39 percent fair, 49 percent good and 3 percent excellent. A low temperature of 42 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 107 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

East comes West for harvest

Over the weekend, Josh Tonsager, National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) vice president of policy and communications, spent time down in Benton County with NAWG Secretary/Treasurer Nicole Berg helping out with wheat harvest. Josh also got a tour of the grain elevator and learned all about wheat grading, segregation, Pacific Northwest and U.S. transportation and how trade policy affects the ... Read More »