Author Archives: Trista Crossley

Western Innovator: Agricultural lime pays off

From the Capital Press Roughly 90% of the soil in the Pacific Northwest does not have an  optimum pH level, longtime Washington State University researcher Paul Carter says. Yields might be going up, he said, but not at the same rate they would with healthier soil. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Vietnam eliminates U.S. wheat import tariff

From the Capital Press The government of Vietnam will eliminate a 3% tariff on U.S. wheat imports effective Dec. 30. The Southeast Asia nation was the lone remaining Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership country applying a tariff on U.S. wheat imports but not on those from Canadian and Australian wheat. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

‘Additionality’ issue keeps some farmers out of carbon markets

From agweb.com When Mike Estadt talks with Ohio farmers using no-till and cover crops who want to participate in carbon markets, he often tells them they are unlikely to qualify for those opportunities. “These are farmers who’ve been in no-till for 20 or 30 years, and they’ve probably sequestered all the carbon that they can,” says Estadt, Ohio State University ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/14: Heavy rainfall and flooding throughout Washington

From NASS There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork, down from 5.6 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal. In San Juan County, cooler temperatures set in throughout the area. Wet conditions kept winter crops from being planted. Leaves mostly fell on perennial tree and berry crops. In Snohomish County, soils were saturated from rain, and flooding showed up ... Read More »

NAWG statement on president signing infrastructure package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law. The $1.2 trillion package not only reauthorizes the surface transportation programs for five years, but also makes a $550 billion investment on top of existing programs. While significant investments in infrastructure have long been elusive, the Infrastructure Investment and ... Read More »

Supply chain snarls will hinder availability of crop inputs

From the Capital Press As producers plan for the next growing season, chaos in the supply chain has them concerned about the cost and availability of crop inputs. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Meet our 2021/22 Washington Wheat Ambassadors

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Tate Nonnemacher and Cadence Zellmer, both of Davenport, were selected after an initial written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. Nonnemacher and Zellmer will each be giving a speech at the upcoming Washington ... Read More »

War on stripe rust: Scientist leads PNW battle against devastating wheat disease

From the Capital Press Xianming Chen and a crew of researchers planted winter wheat seeds by hand on a recent November morning. They carefully deposited the seeds in just the right spot so they could be easily identified as they grew. Chen, a USDA Agricultural Research Service research plant geneticist, greeted everybody cheerfully, with a big grin and enthusiastic waves. ... Read More »

Farm data by state: Land, income comparisons reveal our national patchwork

From agriculture.com Driving the rural highways of Illinois reveals mile after mile of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Recently I traveled to California and was driving on a long highway in the central part of that state. It was similar to the highways in my home state of Illinois, flat with small towns scattered along the way. However, the only crops ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/07: Cool fall weather sets in throughout Washington

From NASS There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 4.5 the previous week. Statewide temperatures were normal to below normal. In San Juan County, cooler temperatures set in throughout the area. Wet conditions kept winter crops from being planted. Leaves changed colors and fell off fruit trees as harvest was done. In Chelan County, continued precipitation and cool ... Read More »