Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Will the FARMER Act Get Traction in the Senate?

By Paul Neiffer FARM CPA Report Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) introduced the Federal Agricultural Risk Management Enforcement Act (FARMER) on April 9. This act tries to enhance participation in the federal crop insurance system by increasing subsidies on coverage at higher levels and making some changes to Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). The farm sector’s consistent yield areas are usually able ... Read More »

Crop progress report 04/08: Wet week in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.8 days last week. Western Washington saw a little precipitation. Crops were coming along a bit ahead of schedule. Pasture conditions were normal for this time of year, but there were few animals out because of the wet ground. Central Washington saw some ... Read More »

Will We See a Hard Fall or Soft Landing? It’s the Million Dollar Question for the Farm Economy This Year

From A reset in agriculture seems to be underway. For 10 straight months, the Ag Economists’ Monthly Monitor has tracked the health of the ag economy through the lens of ag economists. The anonymous survey is a gauge of 70 economists from across the country. In March, economists’ views on the ag economy grew weaker, but it’s the erosion ... Read More »

What if … A look at the fallout if the lower Snake River dams are demolished

From the Capital Press Final authority to breach the four lower Snake River dams remains with the 535 members of Congress. But agricultural stakeholders, tribes and environmental groups agree on one thing: The Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative recently signed by the Biden administration, four Northwest tribes and the states of Oregon and Washington is a pathway to breaching the dams. ... Read More »

 All Wheat Acres Planted in the Northwest Up Slightly from 2023

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Producers in Washington are estimated to have 2.33 million total acres planted to wheat in 2024, up 1% from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.85 million acres for this year, up 3% from 2023. Spring wheat area planted is estimated at 475,000 acres, down 5% from last year. Wheat producers ... Read More »

Crop progress report 03/31: Slow start to spring in Washington

By the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington. Western Washington saw warmer weather, leading to raspberry plants leafing out. Field work was completed between rain showers. Central Washington saw typical weather for March, with grass starting to grow, but the fields were too wet to begin field work. In Yakima County, honeybees were ... Read More »

Making Sense of the New EPA Mitigation Requirements for Pesticide Applicators

From The mission of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to take the necessary precautions to protect both human health and the environment. We have all been told numerous times that the “label” is the law, which remains true. However, the EPA has decided that in addition to the pesticide label on products, pesticide applicators will now ... Read More »

Crop progress report 03/24: Temperatures warmed up in March

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Western Washington saw an earlier spring than usual, with blossoms emerging earlier. After a cold snap, blossoms bounced back, and pollinators were out, but many brassicas were killed due to the cold. Fields were still wet, although a few farmers tilled some ground last week. In central Washington, temperatures were above normal. Native grasses ... Read More »

China cancels large wheat purchases

From the Capital Press China recently canceled several orders of wheat from various countries, including the U.S. China canceled more than 500,000 metric tons of U.S. soft red winter wheat contracts purchased this year, said Tyllor Ledford, market analyst at U.S. Wheat Associates. China also canceled more than 1 million metric tons of contracts with Australia and 500,000 metric tons ... Read More »

Analyst: Wheat prices decline amid record Russian exports

From the Capital Press Wheat prices are at their lowest level since 2020, driven down primarily by burgeoning production from the Black Sea region, a wheat market analyst says. “The question is, ‘Have we hit bottom?’” Tyllor Ledford, market analyst for U.S. Wheat Associates, said. “The answer is, ‘I don’t know.’ … The whole world is waiting with bated breath ... Read More »