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Crop progress report 11/20: Colder temps in Washington motivated farmers to prepare for winter

From NASS There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 4 days reported the previous week. Colder than normal temperatures were reported statewide. Little to no precipitation was reported. Agricultural activity slowed as the 2022 grain corn harvest wrapped up. Western Washington was dry with freezing temperatures reported throughout the week. In central Washington, Okanogan County was ... Read More »

FSA encourages producers to vote in county committee elections

The 2022 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began on Nov. 7, 2022, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return ballots to local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is Dec. 5, 2022. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers ... Read More »

Meet our 2022/23 Washington Wheat Ambassadors

Two new high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers as ambassadors for the upcoming year: Shaley Tiegs of Fairfield and Angelina Widman of Rosalia. Tiegs and Widman were selected after a written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. The ambassadors will represent Washington wheat farmers at various civic and community events and will ... Read More »

NRCS announces new riparian buffer program

The Washington state office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is launching a new voluntary Riparian Buffer Program in fiscal year 2023 that will compensate producers not only for things such as time, materials, labor and equipment required to install the buffers, but also for the income the land put into buffers would have produced. According to NRCS in ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/07: Washington experienced a strong weather system

From NASS There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.5 days reported the previous week. A strong weather system arrived in the Northwest late in the week bringing strong winds and some heavy rain. Temperatures fell as cooler air followed the weather system. Topsoil moisture conditions improved throughout the state. Two to three inches of rainfall ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/31: Washington’s Row Crop Harvest Made Progress in More Traditional Autumn Weather 

From NASS There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.3 days reported the previous week. A more typical autumn weather pattern continued in Washington. A series of weather fronts hit the western end of the state. The Cascade Mountains acted as a rain shadow, limiting the amount of moisture falling in much of Eastern Washington. Statewide, ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/23: Washington received beneficial moisture

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.7 days reported the previous week. Temperatures continued to remain well above normal throughout most of the week. As the week ended, a more traditional late-October rainy pattern arrived in northwest Washington and spread throughout the state. Weekend precipitation was reported statewide. Wildfire smoke from fires in ... Read More »

Crop progress report: Warmer Than Normal Temperatures Continued in Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days reported the previous week. Statewide, average temperatures remained well above normal throughout Washington. Little to no precipitation was reported statewide. Wildfire smoke from fires in central and western Washington impacted air quality in both regions. Western Washington remained unseasonably dry. The dry fall was favorable for late planted ... Read More »