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Crop progress report 0623: Cooler temps helped stave off drought effects in Washington

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 days the previous week. In Whatcom County, the absence of rain continued, and raspberries ripened. In San Juan County, a tease of rain helped grass growth along. This year’s hay dried out early, and most farms harvested last week. Berries bloomed; raspberries set fruit ... Read More »

Spokane County awards scholarships

The Spokane County wheat growers have awarded scholarships this year to two graduating high school seniors, Jon Denny and Kolbey Browning, both from Fairfield, Wash. Kolbey Browning Kolbey Browning is hoping her experience growing up on her family’s farm helps her succeed in her planned career path of bridging the gap between farmers and environmentalists who are pushing for big ... Read More »

Asotin County awards scholarships to high school seniors

The Asotin County wheat growers have awarded three scholarships this year to local high school seniors who are planning to major in an ag-related field. Anna Aarstad, Carmen Eggleston and Jolee Sanford all received funding from the wheat growers to help them with college expenses. Anna Aarstad Aarstad is the daughter of James and Denise Aarstad. After high school, she ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0616: Record high temps set in western Washington

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.4 days the previous week. Dry, hot conditions characterized the weather statewide. In Adams and Lincoln counties, combined wind and heat pulled moisture out of top soil. Final bean crops in Adams and Lincoln counties required water immediately after planting. Winter wheat and spring cereal ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 06/14: Disease pressure low in Eastern Washington

By Dr. Xianming Chen In the western Pacific Northwest (PNW), especially northwestern Washington, winter wheat ranged from kernel watery ripe (Feekes 10.54) to soft dough (Feekes 11.2) and spring wheat from stem extension (Feekes 7) to heading (Feekes 10.3). Stripe rust has been severe as normal. We completed the stripe rust data collection on winter crop nurseries and the first ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/09: Washington grass, hay progressed nicely

From NASS There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.6 the previous week. Rainfall was plentiful late last week throughout northwestern Washington, with rain in Clallam, Jefferson, King, San Juan and Skagit counties. In Snohomish County, rain knocked down some fall triticale, and low-lying fields stayed very wet. Crops planted over Memorial Day weekend ... Read More »

Joint statement from wheat industry on new discovery of GE wheat plants

From U.S. Wheat Associates and the National Association of Wheat Growers U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) are aware that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the discovery of genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants growing in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington State. APHIS says the GE wheat in question ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0602: Washington warmed up wonderfully

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.5 the previous week. Spotty rain showers crossed Whitman, Garfield and Asotin counties last week. The rain failed to reach all crops, so some grains were still too dry across all three counties. Pasture grasses were behind previous years. With high temperatures in the mid ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 5/29: Stripe rust developing in experimental fields in Palouse region

By Dr. Xianming Chen This morning, I was checking fields in the Palouse region. Winter wheat was at boot to heading stages (Feekes 10-10.3). Stripe rust was found in all of our experimental winter wheat fields around Pullman, Wash. Rust appeared in small foci of mostly 5-10 stems, except one row entirely infected. Most foci had rust on leaves from bottom ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0526: Cool temps, late May precipitation surprised Washington growers

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week. Forecasted rain was well received in Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties, where concerns of summer drought arose. Jefferson, Island, San Juan and Clallam counties received up to half an inch of rain, yet crops still showed signs of browning ... Read More »