Author Archives: Trista Crossley

What happens if Black Sea grain corridor deal is not extended?

From Reuters A deal allowing Ukraine to export grain via the Black Sea expires on July 17 and with Moscow saying it sees no grounds for an extension there are fears it may collapse. Why is it important? Ukraine is a major producer of grains and oilseeds and the interruption to its exports at the outbreak of war pushed global ... Read More »

Washington winter wheat production down 19% from last year

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Winter Wheat  Based on July 1, 2023, conditions, production of winter wheat in Washington is forecast at 99.2 million bushels, up 1% from last month, but down 19% from last year. Harvested area, at 1.74 million acres, is down 60,000 acres from 2022. Yield is expected to be 57 bushels per acre, down 11 ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/10: Summer heat continued in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.9 days reported the previous week. Western Washington reported more hot and dry conditions with no precipitation. Central Washington had crops showing signs of drought. Pasture was getting short, and ranchers were looking for places to move their livestock. In Yakima County, there was no precipitation, and ... Read More »

Current research is inconclusive regarding possible delayed mortality effects of Snake River dams

From the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association On July 10, the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) released a review of scientific literature which confirms that data is lacking to confirm delayed mortality effects of the Lower Snake River dams (LSRD) on ESA listed fish. Delayed mortality is the scientific hypothesis that proponents of dam breaching rely upon to justify removal of ... Read More »

Washington senator calls for cap-and-trade changes

From the Capital Press A Washington Republican state senator said July 5 the Department of Ecology should act to bring down the cost of cap-and-trade allowances to ease the upward pressure on fuel prices. read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 7/2: Warm, dry week in Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Western Washington continued to experience hot and dry conditions. Most first cutting alfalfa hay was complete and second cutting was underway. Corn emerged, and farmers reported that grass crops were growing slower than usual due to the dry conditions. In central Washington, soil dried ... Read More »

Bennet, Marshall Introduce Bill to Improve Crop Insurance for Drought

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Sens. Bennet (D-Colo.) and Marshall (R-Kan.) have introduced new legislation to improve the flexibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) crop insurance programming for wheat farmers facing unprecedented drought. Currently, farmers do not have the option through the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) to separately ensure enterprise units by fallow or continuous ... Read More »

In Our View: Farm bill about helping people, not scoring points

From The Columbian Until a crisis arose last month over the debt ceiling, the Farm Bill was expected to be the most significant challenge facing Congress this year. When lawmakers return to session following a Fourth of July recess, that challenge will take center stage. The Farm Bill is a multiyear omnibus package of legislation that funds U.S. nutrition, conservation ... Read More »

Asotin growers award high school grads scholarships

The Asotin County wheat growers have awarded 2023 Asotin High School graduates, Haylee Appleford and Samantha Johnson, $1,000 scholarships for their college ambitions. Haylee Appleford Appleford is the daughter of Dusty and Sunni Appleford. She grew up on her family’s wheat farm in Anatone, Wash., where they also raise some cattle. At Asotin High School, Appleford was active in volleyball, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/25: Seasonally cool temperatures throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6 days reported the previous week. Western Washington had continued dry conditions. Central Washington had cool temperatures with light moisture in some areas. Winter wheat looked fair in most areas, but spring grains needed moisture. In Okanogan and Ferry counties, the wind and moisture put a damper ... Read More »