Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Farmers reminded of vehicle weight limits

With harvest season in full-swing in many parts of the state, the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division recently contacted the Washington Association of Wheat Growers in an effort to remind farmers of vehicle size, weight and load restrictions. Citations have recently been issued for overweight grain trucks and farmers are encouraged to review the restrictions. The following was taken from the Commercial ... Read More »

Higher yields help dryland wheat farmers offset lower prices

From the Capital Press Dryland wheat farmers in Eastern Washington are reporting above-average yields during this year’s harvest. Juliann Dodds, senior vice president and commercial banking manager team lead at Umpqua Bank in Moses Lake, Wash., said she’s hearing from farmers whose yields are running as high as 100 bushels per acre, instead of the normal yields around 50 to ... Read More »

Stripe rust pressure ‘severe’ in Northwest wheat, expert says

From the Capital Press Stripe rust pressure this year is “severe to extremely severe” in Pacific Northwest wheat, but most farmers have been able to control it by growing resistant varieties or by applying fungicides. USDA Agricultural Research Service plant geneticist Xianming Chen blames the mild winter, which allowed the rust to survive and develop in winter wheat. “Stripe rust ... Read More »

Rain, temperatures increase falling number concerns

From the Capital Press Rain and temperature fluctuations are worrying some in the Pacific Northwest wheat industry about sprout damage that could reduce the price farmers receive for their crop. If the weather clears up without additional storms, “then maybe it’s not going to be that big a disaster,” said Camille Steber, USDA ARS research plant molecular geneticist in Pullman, ... Read More »

WAWG’s 2015/16 year in review…

The past 12 months have brought a poor harvest, drought, fires and fights (the political kind, mostly). Through it all, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers’ (WAWG) leadership team, executive board and committee chairs and staff, have spent countless hours on the phone participating in conference calls with state agencies and contacting our federal delegation to ask for support on ... Read More »

The rise and fall of farmland values.

Between 2010 and 2015, change in inflation-adjusted average farm real estate values (the value of farmland and buildings) varied widely across the 48 contiguous states. The value of farm real estate is expected to change over time to reflect changes in expectations for income streams from future use—including both agriculture and nonagricultural uses. Over 2010-15, the largest state percentage increases ... Read More »

Interior bill lays groundwork for addressing western issues

From the Capital Press Agricultural leaders are lauding passage of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, which they say fully funds wildfire suppression and assistance to rural counties heavy in federal lands while addressing recent examples of what they describe as government overreach. The $32.1 billion spending bill is $1 billion less than President Barack ... Read More »

Recent weather could affect wheat quality

From As wheat harvest gets started in Washington, recent rainfall and cool temperatures have some growers worried about Mother Nature’s fickle ways with their crop.  Rainfall close to harvest can result in preharvest sprouting, which can negatively affect wheat quality. Dr. Camille Steber, USDA-ARS plant geneticist, explains the potential effects of recent rains on this year’s wheat crop and ... Read More »

GMO labeling bill heading to White House

From NAWG Yesterday, the House passed the GMO labeling agreement designed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, by a vote of 306-117. The Senate passed the bill last Thursday by a vote of 63 to 30, advancing the agreement on to the House this week, and now the bill will be on the President’s ... Read More »

NASS production report forecasts 19 percent increase from 2015

According to the NASS Crop Production Report released yesterday, winter wheat production is forecast at 1.63 billion bushels, up 8 percent from the June 1 forecast and up 19 percent from 2015. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at a record high 53.9 bushels per acre, up 3.4 bushels from last month and up 11.4 bushels ... Read More »