Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Stripe rust update 06/07: Rust spreading due to cool, wet weather

By Dr. Xianming Chen As the weather has been cool and wet for the eastern Pacific Northwest (PNW), stripe rust has developed and spread quickly in the region. This week, we recorded stripe rust data in the experimental fields at Hermiston, Ore. (Umatilla Co.), Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla Co.), and Lind, Wash. (Adams Co.). Stripe rust reached the highest severity ... Read More »

Editorial: The political thought process and the Snake River dams

From the Capital Press When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray commissioned a “study” of tearing down the four dams on the lower Snake River, we saw it as little more than another political sales pitch. The main goal would be to come up with a cost lower than the $33.5 billion estimated by Rep. Mike Simpson, ... Read More »

WAWG issues statement on dam breaching draft report

Last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the draft report of their study on breaching the lower Snake River dams. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) finds the report’s conclusions — replacement of the dams’ benefits are possible but at a significant cost and with major restructuring of the region’s infrastructure — to be ... Read More »

Diesel’s 100% surge, scarcity deny farmers their ‘lifeblood’

From the Spokesman-Review Mike Miller, who farms wheat near Ritzville, was sitting around a board table on Thursday as his cohorts on the Washington Grain Commission talked about, among other things, the skyrocketing price of diesel. “It’s changed the way we are farming,” Miller said. “Diesel is twice what it was last year. We are trying to limit hours on ... Read More »

Winter wheat production estimates up from May forecast

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Based on June 1, 2022 conditions, Washington winter wheat production is forecast at 131 million bushels, up 85 percent from 2021. Harvested area, at 1.80 million acres, is up 110,000 acres from the previous year. Yield is forecast at 73 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from the May 1 forecast and up 31 bushels from last ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/12: More precipitation with cooler temps throughout Washington

From NASS There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.2 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal. In Clark County, producers were cutting hay when rain wasn’t present. Pasture and wheat conditions looked good. In Skagit County, the weather remained cool and wet. There were areas of ponded water that negatively impacted potatoes and ... Read More »

McMorris Rodgers helps lead bill to protect dams, energy production in PNW

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) have introduced legislation to protect the four lower Snake River dams. Specifically, the Federal Columbia River Power System Certainty Act supports the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) and the many benefits it brings to the region by improving and maintaining hydropower assets, ensuring ... Read More »

Wheat Growers encouraged by House passage of water resources bill

Efforts to protect lower Snake River dams critical to wheat industry The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is encouraged by the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 (H.R. 7776), which continues robust investments in U.S. waterways infrastructure that allow wheat growers to safely and efficiently move our products to consumers ... Read More »

Interim legislative workgroups to focus on ag, salmon

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist With unprecedented revenues for a supplemental year, the 2022 supplemental operating budget appropriated over $63 billion. Of particular interest to the agricultural industry, the final budget maintained significant spending on salmon recovery, including multiple workgroups and studies for the industry. Salmon recovery stakeholder process The 2022 supplemental operating budget provided $300,000 for the governor’s office ... Read More »

Murray-Inslee draft dam breaching assessment coming this week

From the Capital Press Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington will this week release a draft of their state-federal assessment of breaching four dams on the lower Snake River. Inslee and Murray want to determine if there are reasonable means to replace the benefits of the dams if they are breached in an effort to benefit ... Read More »