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Crop progress report 09/25:  Dry, warmer weather transitioned Washington growers to row crop harvest 

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.7 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal throughout Washington as the autumn season started with a warmer and dry weather pattern. There were some scattered showers reported in the northeast region of the state. Overall, the small grain harvest was complete. This allowed ... Read More »

Growers bring taste of Washington to D.C.

For the past few days, wheat industry representatives have been in Washington, D.C., to take part in the annual Taste of Washington fly-in with Washington State University, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and other commodity groups. The Taste of Washington event spotlights Washington-grown products and promotes Washington agriculture to members of Congress. As part of that trip, wheat growers met ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/18:  Grain Harvest Nearly Completed Throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal throughout Washington. In central Washington, grain harvest was nearly completed. In Chelan County, spotty showers were present, with heavy precipitation in some areas. Some acres of winter wheat were replanted due to soil crusting. Wheat that was planted one ... Read More »

KayDee Gilkey joins wheat growers team

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is proud to announce the hiring of long-time agricultural advocate, KayDee Gilkey, as their new outreach coordinator. Gilkey will be a familiar face to many wheat growers as she’s been involved with industry groups for years, most recently as director of industry relations with the Washington State Beef Commission. Before that, she worked ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/11: Hot, dry, smoky conditions present throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal throughout Washington. In Western Washington, conditions remained extremely dry. Harvest continued for late variety blueberries and apples. Seed crops were prepared for harvest. In central Washington, morning dews began. Apple and pear harvests were running a couple ... Read More »

WAWG responds to lower Snake River dams final report

Recommends wheat farmers maintain strong opposition to dam breaching. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) released the following statement in response to the findings of the final Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report and the recommendations from Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee: “The lower Snake River dams allow wheat farmers in Washington and across the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 09/04: Harvest continues with hot, dry conditions throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal throughout Washington. In central Washington, it was another hot and dry week throughout the area. Harvest was wrapping up, and cattle were still on pasture. In Yakima County, vegetable growers packed tomatoes and peppers. Potatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet corn, summer and winter squashes, eggplant, ... Read More »

Columbia Grain CEO: Keep Snake River dams

From world-grain.com Columbia Grain International (CGI) has joined Columbia Snake River System supporters in the agriculture industry who are warning of dire consequences if four dams are breached as part of a joint federal-state project to restore the local salmon population. “We need to keep the lower Snake River dams,” said Jeff Van Pevenage, president and chief executive officer of ... Read More »