State

Crop progress report 10/29: Washington harvest wrapping up

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 26 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 28 percent fair and 22 percent good. A low temperature of 20 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 72 degrees F was reported in the southeast region. Statewide ... Read More »

Unique SE Washington pulp plant will use wheat straw

From the Capital Press A one-of-a-kind pulp plant in Eastern Washington will convert wheat straw into pulp that will go into a variety of new products. When it is operational early next year, Columbia Pulp in Starbuck, Wash., will turn wheat straw into two materials: • A market-grade pulp sold to paper makers and molded fiber producers. • A bio-polymer ... Read More »

View from the Cab (Or what harvest looks like in other parts of the country)

From DTN.com Harvest is finally in full swing for Genny Haun and Kyle Krier. The two farmers have been reporting on the 2018 crop season as part of DTN’s View From the Cab series. The growing part of the season had set the Ohio and Kansas farmers up for what they hoped would be one of the best production years ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/22: Dry times in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 29 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 24 percent good and 1 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 77 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

WAWG pays tribute to wheat farmers in TV spot

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers has teamed up with KXLY to produce a 30-second television spot paying tribute to farmers in Eastern Washington. Read More »

President’s memo cements deadline for Columbia River system reviews

From whitehouse.gov Today, President Trump signed a memorandum to reduce regulatory burdens and promote more efficient environmental reviews of water infrastructure projects in the West, including the Columbia-Snake River System. Decades of uncoordinated regulatory actions have diminished the ability of Federal infrastructure to deliver needed water and have increased costs in the West. Court actions dictating water operations have further complicated ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes ARC, PLC farm payment relief

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced farm program payments for the 2017 crop year through the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program and the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program, which were both created in the 2014 Farm Bill, have now gone out to producers. These safety net programs provide ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1015: Frosty nights, sunny days throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 28 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 25 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 18 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 74 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »

Value of Washington’s 2017 ag production totaled $10.6 billion

From NASS The value of Washington’s 2017 agricultural production totaled $10.6 billion, up 4 percent from the previous year value of $10.2 billion, but shy of the record high $10.7 billion in 2015.  Apples remained the leading agricultural commodity in the state with a 2017 value of $2.43 billion. This is up 3 percent from the previous year, but just ... Read More »

Crop progress report 1008: Washington rains, lower temperatures ushered in autumn

From NASS There were 6.0 days suitable for field work last week. Pasture and range conditions were reported at 25 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 19 percent good and 2 percent excellent. A low temperature of 19 degrees F was reported in the northeast region, while a high temperature of 78 degrees F was reported in the ... Read More »