Author Archives: Trista Crossly

Crop progress report 09/05: Dry conditions remained with cooler temps throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Sept. 5 were below normal. In San Juan County, there was no change in livestock management. Irrigated orchards showed ripened fruit. Pastures turned from green to a brown crisp due to no rainfall. In Yakima County, there was another ... Read More »

RMA publishes wheat harvest price FAQs

From the Risk Management Agency Q: Soft white wheat protein levels are really high this year. Is RMA taking that into consideration, and does the RMA price reflect the value of SWW at 10.5 percent protein instead of SWW value generically? A: A single harvest price is issued by RMA, which reflects a normal range of protein (10.5 percent).  The ... Read More »

Washington AG: Farmers can’t contest capital gains tax until they pay it

From the Capital Press Washington state attorneys sought Wednesday to scuttle a lawsuit filed by farmers and others against the state’s new capital gains tax, arguing no one can challenge it until they pay it. Farmers are only speculating that beginning next year they will owe the 7% tax on capital gains over $250,000, Solicitor General Noah Purcell told a ... Read More »

Drought dampens production, export prospects for key US wheat classes

From the USDA Economic Research Service Widespread drought across the northern and western regions of the United States has dampened prospects for projected production and exports in the 2021/22 marketing year of three classes of U.S. wheat: hard red spring, white, and durum. Cultivation of hard red spring wheat, typically the second largest class of U.S. wheat, is concentrated in ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/15: Dry, hot conditions continued throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.9 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week were above normal. In Jefferson County, the weather remained very dry and warm. Crops were one to two weeks ahead in maturity compared to an average year. Nonirrigated crops showed stress from the drought. Grass regrowth shut down, ... Read More »

Grasslands program sign-up deadline approaching

Agricultural producers and landowners can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands sign-up until Aug. 20, 2021. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) updated sign-up options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase the program’s conservation and climate benefits, including setting a minimum rental rate and identifying two national priority zones. The CRP Grassland sign-up is ... Read More »

Severe drought devastates Washington state’s wheat crop

From NPR The wheat harvest on Marci Green’s farm doesn’t usually begin until late August, but a severe drought stunted this year’s crop and her crews finished harvesting last week because she didn’t want what had grown so far to shrivel and die in the heat. It’s the same story across the wheat country of eastern Washington state, a vast ... Read More »

Senate passes bipartisan infrastructure bill

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Earlier today, the U.S. Senate passed a historic infrastructure bill after several months of negotiations. The roughly $1 trillion bipartisan bill was passed by a vote of 69 to 30, receiving strong bipartisan support, and includes $550 billion in new investments in critical infrastructure. In addition to the new infrastructure funding, this legislation ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/08: Harvest continued in Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for field work, up from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Aug. 8 were above normal. In Jefferson County, the weather remained very dry. Crops showed stress, and growth slowed down. Crops were ahead in maturity compared to a normal year. In Whatcom County, producers struggled to keep up ... Read More »

WAWG welcomes new board members

In June, the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) welcomed two new board members, Leif Claassen from Asotin County and Dave Swannack from Whitman County. Leif Claassen Claassen is the third generation on his family’s Asotin County farm. He graduated from Washington State University (WSU) in 2006 with a degree in ag technology and management with a minor in business. ... Read More »