SW Washington farmers cultivate grain silos at Chehalis

From the Capital Press Farmers, public agencies and a nonprofit group are planning to build nine silos at the Port of Chehalis to tap into the region’s demand for grains. Yet to be financed, the silos, if built, would give farmers a place to store grain and distribute it by rail. The area’s farmers need new markets because a processor ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 0418: Current stripe rust pressure is low

By Dr. Xianming Chen On Wednesday, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Lincoln, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Franklin, Benton and Walla Walla counties of Washington. Winter wheat crops ranged from Feekes 3 to 6.  No rust was found in any commercial fields in these counties. Even in the field of Grant County in which stripe rust was found quite easily ... Read More »

Legislative update 0416: 100% Clean energy bill passes House

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 93 of the 2019 Legislative Session, and the end of the regular session is quickly approaching. The fiscal cutoff (where opposite chamber bills needed to be voted out of committee to remain alive) came on April 9, and since then, legislators have been on the floor trying to pass opposite chamber bills ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0414: Most of Washington experienced significant rainfall

From NASS There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 4.1 the previous week. The Puget Sound and western Washington had wet conditions throughout the week resulting in adequate to surplus topsoil and subsoil conditions. Pastures and ranges were in mostly good to fair conditions. Many producers reported fields being too wet to work or ... Read More »

Commentary: Farmers speak out on the facts about glyphosate

From the Capital Press Too often, science and facts fall victim to fear mongering and emotion. Recently, we have seen an uptick in false narratives around wheat growers’ use of the herbicide glyphosate. The reality is that glyphosate, the active ingredient in many herbicide brands, including Roundup herbicide, is one of the most effective tools to combat weeds prior to ... Read More »

State legislative update 0409: House, Senate in serious budget negotiations

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Yesterday was day 86 of the 2019 Legislative Session. It was the opposite chamber fiscal deadline, where bills had to pass out of the fiscal committees of the opposite chamber unless necessary to implement the budget. Starting today, we move to floor action until the next cutoff deadline which is April 17 at 5 p.m. to ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0407: Western Washington unseasonably dry as Eastern Washington unseasonably wet

From NASS There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 4.7 the previous week. The Puget Sound region and western Washington had soil moisture deficits. Pasture and crop conditions started to show stress, and some livestock producers were feeding hay even as cattle were turned out to pasture. Blowing soil was observed during spring cultivation, ... Read More »

WAWG, others urge for removal of funds to study breaching of lower Snake River dams

The following letter was sent to the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee on April 2, 2019. Twenty-six groups signed on in support of the letter, including the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Washington Farm Bureau, transportation associations, electric groups and more.  Members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee: We are urging you to remove the $750,000 ... Read More »

Legislative update 0401: Final negotiations on budget begin

From Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Monday marked the 79th day of the 2019 Legislative Session. The next legislative deadline is April 3 when all bills must pass out of the opposite chamber’s policy committees to remain alive, unless they are necessary to implement the budget. Both chambers can now begin final budget negotiations after Senate Democrats released their budget plan last ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0401: Snow melted and some field work started

From NASS There were 4.7 days suitable for field work in Washington last week. Western Washington continued to warm up with a distinct lack of rain. Soil temperatures in the Puget Sound were still cold due to the cool nights. Field work was in full swing in Whatcom County. Conditions were dry enough to kick up dust during cultivation, while ... Read More »