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Crop progress report 10/29: Temperatures began to cool with fall in full swing

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 20 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 18 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 26 degrees F was reported in the north eastern region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees was reported in the western region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/22: Rain returned throughout Washington

From NASS There were 4.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent  poor, 30 percent  average, 13 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 23 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 77 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from ... Read More »

Value of Washington’s 2016 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service The value of Washington’s 2016 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, down 1 percent from the previous year record high of $10.7 billion. Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2016 value of $2.39 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but down 4 percent from the record high ... Read More »

Farm Bill, Trade hot topics at 2017 fall wheat industry conference

Editor’s note: The leadership and staff of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers has been participating in the National Association of Wheat Growers’ fall conference this week, sharing Washington wheat farmer priorities and helping craft the wheat industry’s farm bill message to lawmakers. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) held its annual fall conference this week ... Read More »

Washington Ecology proposes response to Hirst

From the Capital Press The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to assess water supplies in targeted watersheds, a first step in judging whether a state Supreme Court decision has truly closed rural areas to new household wells. The proposal applies to 15 basins, about one-third of the state, most obviously affected by last year’s Hirst decision, a ruling criticized by ... Read More »

Don’t forget to apply for ag student scholarship

Jerry Minore was a longtime 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 10/15: Temperatures begin to drop for Washington

There were 5.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 29 percent fair and 13 percent good. A low temperature of 20 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 72 degrees was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 9 to 3 degrees ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/08: Harvesters were going full tilt in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 26 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 30 percent fair and 11 percent good. A low temperature of 25 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged ... Read More »

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 »