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Northwest drought retreats; seasonal outlook turns colder, wetter

From the Capital Press Oregon and Washington’s flash droughts are receding, and La Niña is shaping up in the Pacific Ocean, causing long-range forecasts for the Northwest to turn wetter and cooler, federal climatologists reported Thursday. Some 64 percent of Washington is in a drought, down from 78 percent the week before, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Oregon’s drought ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/17: A bit of rain received with more to follow for Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 39 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 8 percent good. A low temperature of 30 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 97 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 4 degrees below ... Read More »

KSU releases 2016-17 national ARC-CO projections

From Kansas State University Risk Management Agency (RMA) county yields used for the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) have been released. RMA splits all of its county yields between irrigated and nonirrigated yields so a combined yield is estimated for counties that have a combined (ALL) ARC-CO payment. Estimated ARC-CO payments for 2016/17 are derived from Kansas State University estimated Marketing Year Average ... Read More »

SCD looking for partners to protect water, benefit working lands

Funds available for conservation tillage, buffers and more It is time for agricultural and timber/forestry landowners to apply for funding to improve production on their working lands and provide environmental benefits. Landowners within the Greater Spokane River Watershed in Washington and Idaho can seek a portion of more than $15 million being invested by a bi-state partnership to improve practices ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/10: Washington Remained Mostly Dry and Smoky

There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 40 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 10 percent good. A low temperature of 45 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 103 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 5 to 13 degrees above ... Read More »

Are you putting farm safety into practice?

From Country Financial Editor’s note: It’s National Farm Safety and Health Week Sept. 17-23. With a successful harvest comes full grain bins. Don’t get complacent and let your guard down. Did you know flowing grain moves like quicksand? It can take less than 20 seconds for an adult to get completely engulfed, and suffocate. “Anyone who enters a storage structure containing ... Read More »

Washington wheat organizations urge Trump administration not to withdraw from KORUS

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The Washington Grain Commission (WGC) and Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) stand with others in the agricultural industry in urging the Trump Administration not to withdraw from the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) “Our wheat is known throughout the world as being of the highest quality, a brand that allows us to compete in a marketplace with increasing emphasis ... Read More »

Jerry Minore Memorial Scholarship opportunity for ag students

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Jerry Minore was a long-time friend of the wheat industry and an advocate for wheat farmers. To honor his work and life, his company, BASF, has partnered with the National Wheat Foundation to establish a scholarship for students with connections to the wheat industry who are planning careers in agriculture. The Minore Memorial Scholarship will fund four college scholarships for ... Read More »

Crop Progress Report 09/03: Conditions remained hot and dry in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 38 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 27 percent fair and 9 percent good. A low temperature of 43 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 108 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged ... Read More »