Warning letters, complaint process top agenda at water meeting

It was a mixed agenda at the most recent meeting of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Agriculture and Water Quality Advisory Committee in Airway Heights at the end of March. Topics discussed ranged from frivolous complaints and nonpoint pollution plan funding to Ecology’s intent to send warning letters to some southeast Washington producers. Kelly Susewind, Ecology special assistant, ... Read More »

Wheat variety trial tours to focus on stripe rust, protein

From the Capital Press The region’s wheat variety trial crop tour season kicks off May 25 with the Columbia County, Wash., conservation tour and runs through July 14, wrapping up with tours in St. John and Lamont. For the most part, crop conditions look good, said Ryan Higginbotham, Washington State University Extension regional specialist for cereal variety testing. Read the ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report May 9

For the week ending May 8 Washington state crops ahead of schedule and crop conditions were great There were 6.2 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 6 % poor, 17% fair, 57% good and 20% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from 36 degrees in the central and southeast regions to 91 degrees in the southeast region, ... Read More »

May 5 stripe rust update

By Xianming Chen Stripe rust has been spreading and developing quickly since the last update on April 13. The disease is now everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. When we took the early season note at Mount Vernon in Skagit County in northwestern Washington on April 18, stripe rust reached 60 percent severity on susceptible winter wheat varieties, as usual for ... Read More »

What’s Upstream finally makes impression on Washington lawmakers

From the Capital Press A campaign funded by the Environmental Protection Agency to sway Washington legislators apparently went unnoticed during the 2016 session, but it’s getting unflattering attention now. The chairmen of the Senate and House agriculture committees Tuesday criticized the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign, saying it reinforced negative views of the EPA as an overreaching agency. Read the rest ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report May 2

For the week ending May 1 Washington state plantings and crop progress ahead of schedule There were 5.9 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 0% very poor, 6 % poor, 18% fair, 64% good and 12% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from the 27 degrees in the northeast region to 81 degrees in the southwest region. ... Read More »

Plotting the 2016 variety crop tour schedule

The 2016 crop tour season will be starting at the end of this month. The tours give growers the opportunity to view field trials and interact with Washington State University (WSU) personnel and others about cereal varieties and crop management practices. Cereal breeders, extension agronomists, plant pathologists and other scientists will be presenting information at various events. The small grains ... Read More »

EPA’s involvement in What’s Upstream ran deep

From the Capital Press A little more than a month ago, What’s Upstream was an obscure political advocacy campaign backed by Environmental Protection Agency money, a Washington state Indian tribe and a handful of environmental groups. Today, the campaign has been condemned by one-third of the U.S. House as an attack on agriculture, and the inspector general of the EPA ... Read More »

Washington legislators send letter to FSA administrator

Two Washington legislators, Rep. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, recently sent a letter to Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini asking for his help in resolving an issue with the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and its delay in the release of participation data. That delay, the legislators say, can significantly impact growing decisions for farmers in the driest ... Read More »

NASS crop progress report April 25

For the week ending April 24 Warmer temperatures give Washington producers a foreseeable good crop year There were 6.5 days suitable for work. Pasture conditions were reported as 0% very poor, 0 % poor, 23% fair, 67% good and 10% excellent. Temperatures throughout the state ranged from 33 degrees Fahrenheit in the central region to 90 degrees Fahrenheit in the ... Read More »