CSP grasslands program: What producers need to know

One of the more significant changes in the 2018 Farm Bill was the establishment of a new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Grassland Conservation Initiative as a way to save money in the commodity title of the farm bill. In short, certain base acres that have not been planted to a commodity crop a nine-year period will not be eligible for ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0721: Washington drought continued; winter wheat harvest picked up

From NASS There were 7.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.8 days suitable the previous week. In northwest Washington, minimal showers were reported, but rain was not enough to improve soil moisture or crop condition. In Clallam, Jefferson and King counties, overcast days prevented further hay cuttings, but forage production overall was up this year. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0714: Cherries, apricots, peaches and berries were harvested in Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.9 days suitable the previous week. In Whitman County, weather stayed mild and boosted crop condition. In Walla Walla and Columbia counties, crop condition was good, and weather helped harvest commence for winter wheat. Many peas were harvested for forage. Winter wheat producers set harvest ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 0712: Stripe rust season basically over with only very low levels found

By Dr. Xianming Chen During our field survey on July 9 in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Walla Walla and Astotin counties of Washington and Nez Perce and Latah counties of Idaho, winter wheat ranged from milk to mature. Stripe rust was found on green plants in some winter wheat fields, but at very low levels. Spring wheat ranged from heading to ... Read More »

APHIS update on GE wheat detection

On June 7, 2019, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it was investigating a detection of genetically engineered (GE) wheat in an unplanted agricultural field in Washington state.  The GE wheat plants in question were resistant to the herbicide glyphosate. After a thorough fact finding effort, APHIS has determined through testing that the GE wheat plants ... Read More »

New WSU USDA-ARS research facility on the horizon

From Washington State University Collaborating on plans for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at Washington State University’s Pullman campus, Dean André-Denis Wright and program leaders in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) joined scientists from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) June 20 for a meeting and tour of their partnership’s cooperative research. Read ... Read More »

More to that ‘dam’ story than meets the eye

By Randy Suess Many people have done a fine job explaining why removing the lower Snake River dams would hurt our farm economy and really not accomplish the goal of restoring the number of Southern Resident Killer Whales (orcas). There are a couple of issues that I believe need to be covered to help people understand that we need those ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0707: Washington state stayed cool for summer weather

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.6 days suitable the previous week. Mild temperatures and moderate precipitation across western Washington helped maintain good crop condition. Soil moisture still lagged behind previous years. In Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties, temperatures held below average with light showers of rain. Ground moisture was ... Read More »

WAWG’s Year in Review 2018/19

This past year, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) dealt with a number of issues impacting growers, including passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, renewed attacks on the lower Snake River dams, retaliatory trade tariffs and more. Here’s a quick look at some of the issues agriculture dealt with, and how your WAWG leaders spent their time advocating for ... Read More »

Upcoming FSA dates and deadlines to keep in mind

June 3, 2019 – Continuous CRP and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) sign up starts. July 1 – September 30, 2019 – Producers with expiring general CRP contracts can request authority to destroy the CRP cover if the land will be returned to production in 2020. July 15, 2019 – Deadline to report 2018 crop year production for NAP covered ... Read More »