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Falling numbers dropping quality of some 2016 crops

Low falling numbers, which have struck distinct regions of Eastern Washington periodically, have shown up once again in the 2016 crop. This season’s outbreak is widespread, but on a random basis. Low falling numbers can be caused by two factors: rain at harvest and Late Maturity Alpha Amylase (LMA) activity. This year, LMA is the primary factor causing low falling ... Read More »

FSA makes change to erodible land program

There might be some relief coming for some Washington state farmers whose land was rejected from the last Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. The Washington State Farm Service Agency (FSA) has received a special allocation of 10,000 acres from the national office for the Highly Erodible Land Initiative (HELI).  These acres were previously limited to new land, but the ... Read More »

Former WAWG president named to WSU Board of Regents

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Brett Blankenship to the Washington State University (WSU) Board of Regents. Blankenship, who resides in Lake Stevens and Washtucna, is an owner and partner in Blankenship Brothers, a family farm wheat producer. Blankenship has served as president of the National Association of Wheat Growers, a federation of the 22 leading wheat-producing states, ... Read More »

Detecting no GM event, Korea ends U.S. wheat import suspension

From U.S. Wheat Associates Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has ended a temporary suspension of U.S. wheat imports after testing detected no genetically modified wheat in U.S. supplies. MFDS quickly deployed the test to assure U.S. wheat remains safe and reliable, adding confidence that nothing has changed the U.S. wheat supply chain’s ability to deliver wheat that ... Read More »

State adopts new clean water rule

Excerpted from an Ecology press release The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has adopted a new water quality rule that safeguards the health of Washington’s people and its economy. The fish consumption rule, as it is widely known, updates Washington’s water quality standards for toxics, establishing how clean the state’s lakes, rivers and marine waters need to be. The standards set pollution limits for businesses and ... Read More »

GE wheat volunteer plants found in Eastern Washington

Pacific Northwest wheat and grain commissions, as well as state wheat grower associations, have learned that the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, confirmed the discovery of glyphosate-resistant wheat plants in a summer fallow field in Eastern Washington. We have been told the plants were not killed after an herbicide application. In a report ... Read More »

Farmers reminded of vehicle weight limits

With harvest season in full-swing in many parts of the state, the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division recently contacted the Washington Association of Wheat Growers in an effort to remind farmers of vehicle size, weight and load restrictions. Citations have recently been issued for overweight grain trucks and farmers are encouraged to review the restrictions. The following was taken from the Commercial ... Read More »

Higher yields help dryland wheat farmers offset lower prices

From the Capital Press Dryland wheat farmers in Eastern Washington are reporting above-average yields during this year’s harvest. Juliann Dodds, senior vice president and commercial banking manager team lead at Umpqua Bank in Moses Lake, Wash., said she’s hearing from farmers whose yields are running as high as 100 bushels per acre, instead of the normal yields around 50 to ... Read More »

Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says

From the Capital Press Stripe rust pressure this year is “severe to extremely severe” in Pacific Northwest wheat, but most farmers have been able to control it by growing resistant varieties or by applying fungicides. USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Xianming Chen blames the mild winter, which allowed the rust to survive and develop in winter wheat. “Stripe rust ... Read More »

Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns

From the Capital Press Rain and temperature fluctuations are worrying some in the Pacific Northwest wheat industry about sprout damage that could reduce the price farmers receive for their crop. If the weather clears up without additional storms, “then maybe it’s not going to be that big a disaster,” said Camille Steber, USDA ARS research plant molecular geneticist in Pullman, ... Read More »