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Crop progress 6/4: Warm weather welcomed

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported 1 percent poor, 6 percent fair, 72 percent good and 21 percent excellent. A low temperature of 42 degrees F was reported in the east central region, while a high temperature of 98 was reported in the southeast region. Statewide differentials ranged from 1 degree ... Read More »

Outreach help wanted

WAWG is run by farmers who volunteer their time and energy. As such, the organization is always looking for people to help out at education events, such as farm fairs, expos and the recent Almira Ag STEM day (above). Marci Green, WAWG vice president, puts out the request for more volunteers. She says: “The educational events are usually in spring, ... Read More »

Crop progress 5/30: Farmers rush to catch up

From NASS There were 6.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 2 percent poor, 8 percent fair, 73 percent good and 17 percent excellent. A low temperature of 37 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 95 was reported in both the central and southeastern regions. Statewide ... Read More »

Wheat grower meetings coming to a plot tour near you

In the wheat world, summer’s long, hot days lead not only to harvest, but usually barbecues seasoned with plot tours and updates on county and state business. Most county wheat growers groups will partner with the Washington State University Extension Cereal Variety Testing Program to hold a county meeting immediately before or after one of their local plot tours. Washington ... Read More »

WAWG opposes the administration’s proposed budget cuts to crop insurance, trade development programs

With the release of the Trump Administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) expresses a great deal of concern over significant reductions to risk management programs, trade development programs, and more. WAWG President Ben Adams, a wheat grower from Coulee City, Wash., issued the following statement: “Risk management and market access programs are critical to ... Read More »

Crop progress 5/21: A break from the rain allowed planting

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 67 percent good and 19 percent excellent. A low temperature of 27 degrees F was reported in the northeastern region, while a high temperature of 86 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from ... Read More »

Barley leaf rust is found east of the Cascades

By Dr. Xianming Chen Barley leaf rust Barley leaf rust (caused by Puccinia hordei) was found in a couple of fields planted with facultative winter barley variety ‘Maja’ in Walla Walla County, Wash., near the Oregon border. By May 18, rust incidence was 100 percent and severity ranged from 40 to 100 percent.  According to the grower, the fields were planted last October ... Read More »

Crop Progress 5/14: Rain delayed spring crop planting

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at, 2 percent poor, 18 percent fair, 62 percent good and 18 percent excellent. A low temperature of 28 degrees F was reported in northeast region, while a high temperature of 85 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide temperature differentials ranged from 5 degrees below normal ... Read More »

Legislature still working on fix to water ruling

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Rural areas are still waiting for relief from the Legislature to fix the controversial Hirst water decision issued by the Washington State Supreme Court last fall that has severely curtailed economic development by limiting the use of permit-exempt wells. While several bills were introduced this session to address the court decision, one bill (E2SSB 5239) ... Read More »

Snow mold damage minimal, researchers say

From the Capital Press Eastern Washington farmers who had snow mold on their wheat earlier this year had to wait to see if the crop would recover, and now it looks like the damage will be minimal, researchers say. Read the rest of the story here. Read More »