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NAWG leadership address growers at June board meeting

By Trista Crossley It’s not unusual to have visitors at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) monthly board meetings, but last month’s visitors literally flew across the country to be there. David Schemm, a wheat farmer from Kansas and current president of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), and Chandler Goule, CEO of NAWG, kicked off a visit ... Read More »

Warm, dry weather stopping rust

From Xianming Chen Rusts in the Palouse Region We were checking fields of wheat and barley in the Palouse region (including Whitman County of Washington and Latah County of Idaho) on July 7, 2017. Winter wheat crop ranged from soft dough to almost mature; spring wheat crop from boot to milk; and spring barley from headed to milk. The rust ... Read More »

Crop progress 7/9: A hot, dry week in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 49 percent good and 15 percent excellent. A low temperature of 43 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 106 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 1 to 12 degrees above ... Read More »

Legislative update: Despite passing budget, legislature still in session

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature is still in its 3rd special session despite having averted a partial government shutdown last week by passing a two-year operating budget that was signed by the governor just before midnight last Friday. The reason the Legislature is still in overtime is that an agreement on a capital budget has not ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/25: Heat causes a surge in growth

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent, very poor, 2 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 62 percent good and 19 percent excellent. A low temperature of 38 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 102 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ... Read More »

Legislative update: Partial state government shutdown looms

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee called a third special session for legislators to finalize a state operating budget for 2017-2019. If legislators do not agree on a budget that the governor will sign by midnight on June 30, there will a partial state government shutdown. When calling the third special session, the governor stated that he would ... Read More »

Crop progress 6/18: Weather did little to hinder fruit

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 9 percent fair, 61 percent good and 30 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 88 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 8 degrees below normal to ... Read More »

Thanks to cool weather, stripe rust in spring wheat set to increase

By Dr. Xianming Chen Wheat Stripe Rust In the Pacific Northwest, winter wheat in most areas has passed the flowering stage. Thanks to planting of resistant varieties and wide use of fungicides in the early season with some fields sprayed twice, stripe rust in most fields of winter wheat is under control. Depending upon areas and various times of planting, ... Read More »

WSU publishes bulletin on wheat head armyworm complex

From smallgrains.wsu.edu A newly published Extension Bulletin, PNW696, is titled “Integrated Pest Management for the Wheat Head Armyworm Complex in the Pacific Northwest.” Since 2005, the wheat head armyworm has caused intermittent damage to wheat and barley crops in the region. The two insect species found responsible were initially dubbed the “true” and “false” wheat head armyworms. As these species are ... Read More »

Exploring how ag speaks environmental at WPC panel

By Trista Crossley For an industry that feeds and clothes the nation, not to mention much of the world, agriculture seems to be constantly under fire, accused of practices that are harmful to the environment and consumers. Last month, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Vice President Marci Green took part in a panel designed to address some of those misconceptions ... Read More »