State, regional issues addressed at October board meeting

It was a back-to-business type of board meeting for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) in October with updates on state and regional issues and the upcoming convention taking center stage. The falling number (FN) issue is still on many growers’ minds, especially when it comes to the Risk Management Agency’s (RMA) reporting rules on FN discounts. WAWG’s Executive ... Read More »

2017 Washington Wheat Ambassadors named

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Tessa Jantz of Ritzville and Nicholas Schultheis of Colton were selected after an initial written application process that also included submitting a short introductory video. Jantz and Schultheis will each be giving a speech at the ... Read More »

Pivotal time for grain producers, analyst says

From the Capital Press A third straight year of low returns for grain growers has set the stage for strained finances and analysts are cautioning farmers about the risks of using long-term assets to finance another year of production. “The situation right now is we’re coming off of three years where virtually every acre of production lost money,” said Sterling ... Read More »

Bryant vs. Inslee: we asked, they answered

Editor’s note: Sometimes, elections seem to be a remote thing that just happens and is unconnected to agriculture. Not this year. With the 2018 Farm Bill peeping over the horizon, the choices Washington wheat farmers make in November could impact their livelihood far beyond the next two to four years. While most of the farm bill action will take place ... Read More »

McLaughlin, Franz face off in race for lands commissioner

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist After a crowded field of seven candidates in the primary election, only two candidates remain in the race for the Commissioner of Public Lands, the position that heads the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The two finalists are Republican Steve McLaughlin and Democrat Hilary Franz. The current commissioner, Peter Goldmark, is not seeking ... Read More »

New tool helps growers identify herbicide mechanisms of action

Herbicide resistant weeds are a growing concern in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. and globally. One of the key tactics in the fight against herbicide resistant weeds is to alternate or combine herbicides with different modes of action; however, it is often difficult for growers to know what active ingredient(s) are in the jug they just bought and what mechanism(s) or ... Read More »

Frequently asked questions: Low falling number and wheat

From Washington State University  “Falling numbers” refers to a test for increased alpha amylase activity, an enzyme, which when present, can significantly reduce grain quality. The lower the number, the higher the enzyme activity, and thus the lower the quality. 1. What is the falling number test? What exactly does it measure and why is this important to the buyers ... Read More »

WAWG discusses falling number discounts/crop insurance on RFDTV

WAWG’s Executive Director Michelle Hennings talked to RFDTV yesterday morning about the double whammy being felt by producers who have low falling numbers and are getting dinged at the crop insurance level. “When producers go in to renew their crop insurance policy, whether they take a claim or not for falling numbers, they are still being docked for yield. Our question ... Read More »

WSU begins search for next CAHNRS dean

From the Capital Press Washington State University will soon begin its nationwide search for the next dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, a top university official says. “We expect this position to be highly desirable,” said Dan Bernardo, WSU provost and executive vice president. “What has gone on in Washington State over the last decade ... Read More »

Extension agent receives national award

From the Capital Press Stephen Van Vleet has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award is given to Cooperative Extension educators with more than 10 years of service who have exhibited excellence in their work. “It’s a nice honor because it’s an award that shows that you’re working with the growers ... Read More »