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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 »

Seizing the moment

Wheat ambassador finds an opportunity to advocate in an unexpected place By Lacey Miller I have never been to Olympia before, so Olympia Days was something I will never forget. What made my experience worthwhile was that I was not there just to sightsee, but I was given this extraordinary opportunity to help make a difference in the wheat industry. ... Read More »

Raising awareness

Wheat Ambassador sees a side of ag that doesn’t take place on a farm By Evan Henning Waking up early Tuesday morning, I didn’t know what to expect as I was grabbing my bags and getting into the car to head to the airport. I was very excited, and I couldn’t wait to experience the trip to Olympia representing the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0519: Rainy week for Washington reported

From NASS There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 7.0 the previous week. Producers in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties cut haylage and drier hay. Pastures were drier than average with livestock on fields that were usually too wet to graze. There were several reports of fires in Lewis County. The first cutting ... Read More »

USDA reopens continuous CRP sign-up

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized CRP, one of the country’s largest conservation programs. “USDA offers a variety of conservation programs to farmers and ranchers, and the Conservation Reserve Program ... Read More »