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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 »

Crop progress report 0709: Washington fires spared ag land while blights emerged in some areas

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 63 percent good and 4 percent excellent. A low temperature of 34 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 98 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

WAWG’s year in review

A look back at the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) activities over the past 12 months… July 2017 Proving there’s never a bad time for advocacy, members of the WAWG leadership team make a midsummer trip to Washington, D.C., to lobby on issues important to wheat growers. The group, which includes Michelle Hennings, WAWG executive director; Marci Green, WAWG ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0701: Dry southwest Washington contrasted the remainder of cool, moist state

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 65 percent good and 4 percent excellent. A low temperature of 37 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 94 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0624: Washington cherries, berries flourished while crop farms encountered temperamental rain, heat

From NASS There were 6.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 73 percent good and 7 percent excellent. A low temperature of 46 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 96 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

Franklin County wheat growers’ preharvest picnic

Editor’s note: Every summer, we like to highlight our county wheat growers’ summer meetings in the pages of the July Wheat Life. Unfortunately, Franklin County’s get together just missed the deadline, so we are putting it here instead. Taking a minute before the craziness of harvest sets in, Franklin County wheat growers got together at Windust Park Saturday to enjoy ... Read More »

Crop progress 0617: Storms across Washington left few dry spots

From NASS There were 6.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 5 percent excellent. A low temperature of 31 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 90 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »