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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 »

Stripe rust report 06/16

By Dr. Xianming Chen In the Pacific Northwest, most fields of winter wheat have passed the flowering stage, and some winter wheat fields have reached the ripening stage. In general, winter wheat crops are in good condition and stripe rust is under control. In contrast, stripe rust has developed to the highest severity level on susceptible varieties in our experimental ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0610: Washington stays the course with rain west of the Cascades, poor condition in northeast

From NASS There were 6.2 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 64 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 32 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 91 degrees F was reported in ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0603: Areas of Washington received rain, while other remained thirsty

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 71 percent good and 8 percent excellent. A low temperature of 35 degrees F was reported in the central and northeast regions, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported in the ... Read More »

One-year extension available to some expiring CRP contracts

From the Farm Service Agency As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 0601: Stripe rust is low in Palouse

By Xianming Chen Last week, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman County of Washington and Latah County of Idaho. Winter wheat ranged from boot (Feekes 10) to flowered (Feekes 10.53). Crops in most fields were in excellent condition. Stripe rust was found in few commercial winter wheat fields in very low incidence (less than <0.1 percent). Most of the ... Read More »

Asotin County wheat growers award scholarship

Alicia Heitstuman, daughter of Sam and Linda Heitstuman of Clarkston, Wash., has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Asotin County wheat growers. Alicia grew up on her family’s farm and ranch and got involved in 4-H when she was nine years old. She has taken a steer to the Asotin County Fair for the past 10 years and is ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0527: Superb growing condition in Washington with some weevils, rust in Klickitat, Whitman counties

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 1 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent. A low temperature of 40 degrees F was reported in the central region, while a high temperature of 93 degrees F was also reported ... Read More »

Wheat growers push back against Farm Bill critics

From the Capital Press Washington wheat representatives declined to participate in a recent Washington Policy Center conference in Spokane because a speaker claims agriculture is not experiencing a financial crisis and is calling for the termination of farm subsidy programs. The center is “an independent, nonprofit think tank that promotes sound public policy based on free-market solutions,” according to its ... Read More »