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Stripe rust report: Lowest level in years found in Eastern Washington

By Dr. Xianming Chen Rusts in western Washington  Last week, we were taking the second-time stripe rust notes of the winter cereal nurseries and the first-time notes of spring cereal nurseries in Mount Vernon (Skagit County) in western Washington. Winter cereals ranged from boot (Feekes 10) to flowering (Feekes 10.5), and spring plants were in early jointing (Feekes 4-5). As ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/01: Much Needed Precipitation Throughout Washington 

From NASS  There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending May 30 were below normal. In western Washington, rainstorms provided much needed precipitation. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. In San Juan County, some fields were replanted due to dry weather. CSA farms planted potatoes, melons ... Read More »

‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought

From NW News Network Nicole Berg wades into her stunted wheat field. It’s so short and sparse, she doesn’t think the combine can even reach the wheat without eating rocks. “Combines don’t like dirt and rocks,” Berg says. “They get indigestion.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Drought has these Eastern Washington farmers worried, but they ‘always plant with faith’

From the Spokesman Review Wednesday was an immaculate day on the Palouse. Cartoonishly puffy clouds filled a brilliant blue sky. A gentle breeze blew through the 65-degree air. Hill after hill of bright green wheat rolled away for miles in every direction. Palouse farmers are sick of beautiful days, though. They want ominous gray clouds to bring rain and bring ... Read More »

 NASS seeks feedback on 2021 crops, stocks, inventories, values 

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major midyear surveys, the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will contact nearly 4,500 producers across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to determine crop acreage and stock levels as of June ... Read More »

Crop progress report 05/23: A little precipitation throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for field work, down from 7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 23 were below normal. In western Washington, the weather was favorable for farming. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. Areas within the Marshland Flood Control District received hail. In Jefferson and King counties, ... Read More »

The high cost of farming in Washington, including new overtime bill, is taking its toll

From the Seattle Times What do real estate agents, salespeople, vessel crews and farmers all have in common? Their work hours are often long and unpredictable, and until recently, Washington law included an overtime exemption recognizing those unique circumstances. During the recently completed legislative session, only agriculture’s exemption was targeted and removed. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

FSA county committees seeking producer involvement

County committee elections are now underway. The election of responsible agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer takes part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of ... Read More »

Crop progress report 05/16: Dry conditions affected crop conditions in Washington

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures in Washington for the week ending May 16 were above normal. In western Washington, pastures were in prime condition with grasses that started to boot. Well drained sandy-loamy soils dried out, and livestock were on pasture rotations. In Snohomish County, grass ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 05/13: Very little stripe rust found in commercial fields

By Dr. Xianming Chen On May 12, we were checking winter wheat fields in Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, Grant, Douglas, Columbia and Garfield counties. Wheat crops ranged from middle jointing (Feekes 6) to heading (Feekes 10), and most fields appeared dry and needed moisture. No stripe rust was found in all checked commercial wheat fields except one field in Garfield County ... Read More »