Wheat growers welcome balanced environmental impact statement; debate on the value of the lower Snake River Dams settled

The much-anticipated Columbia River System Operations Final Environmental Impact Study (FEIS) was released late last week. It was developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bonneville Power Administration, and the US Bureau of Reclamation, with input from tribal nations and Northwest states, and provides a comprehensive, final analysis of the four lower Snake River dams. The Washington Association ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/02: Hot, dry weather continued in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, the same number as reported the previous week. Some deterioration in pasture and range conditions was reported statewide. It was a good year for berries in the western part of the state. Cane berry harvest continued. Late Marionberries and raspberries started to slow down. Blueberries started to ... Read More »

Grower organizations make difficult decision to cancel 2020 convention

Due to the uncertain timeframes of current group restrictions and financial implications of delaying a decision, the small grain grower associations of Idaho, Oregon and Washington regret to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention. The event was originally scheduled for December 1-4, 2020 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The Tri-State Grain Growers Convention has become a ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/26: Warm, dry weather prevailed in Washington

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 the previous week. San Juan County reported the usual seasonal swing into their dry summer. A lot of hay was cut. Livestock were still on pastures, but many with drier soil types expressed that quality was low as plants dried out and stopped growing. ... Read More »

USDA designates seven Washington counties as primary natural disaster areas 

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated seven Washington counties as a primary natural disaster area. Producers in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan and Yakima counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0719: Warm, dry weather arrived in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 the previous week. Island, San Juan and Skagit counties reported that crops did well with the warm, dry weather last week. Most forage crops were still standing. Harvest was delayed due to the previous unpredictable weather. Haylage producers were busy. Livestock were still on ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 07/16: In general, stripe rust under control and season over

By Dr. Xianming Chen Winter wheat has reached maturity, and harvest has started in central and southcentral Washington. In the Palouse region in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho, winter wheat ranged from milk to soft dough stages, and spring wheat ranged from flowering to milk. Stripe rust has reached 100 percent severity on susceptible varieties of spring wheat in our ... Read More »

WAWG year in review 2019/20

Another year, another 12 months of advocating for the Washington wheat industry. Here’s some highlights and a look what the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has been up to for the last 365 days. July 2019 Farmers begin signing up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The program, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/12: Weather remained seasonably cool in Washington

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, unchanged from the previous week. Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties all experienced cooler and wetter weather. Some acreage had to be replanted including sweet corn, field corn and pumpkins. Some grain crops were lost, and it was too late to replant. Other fields were still too ... Read More »

WSDA proposes improved pesticide applicator license testing; fees to increase

From Washington Friends of Farms & Forests The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing to transition to a modern testing platform that will benefit pesticide license applicants and their employers. To create a new and improved testing system, they plan to increase testing fees and change how exams administered. To accomplish this, WSDA must revise state rules that ... Read More »