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Wheat industry remembers USDA ARS quality lab director Craig Morris

From the Capital Press Members of the Northwest wheat and pulse industry remember Craig Morris for his many contributions to crop quality research, and for his “nice sense of whimsy.” Morris, director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Wheat and Pulse Quality Laboratory for 32 years, died Oct. 25 of natural causes at his home in Pullman, Wash. He ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/31: Winter wheat planting wrapped up in Washington

From NASS There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork, down from 5.8 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 31, were below normal. In San Juan County, cooler temperatures were reported with some rainfall throughout the area. An atmospheric front pushed the area into the rainy, fall season. Wind events destroyed some trees. In Chelan County, heavy ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/24: Scattered rainfall throughout Washington

From NASS There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork, down from 6.9 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 24 were below normal. San Juan County experienced cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Cool-season annual vegetables were doing well. Some late season grain and pasture renovations were done. In Chelan County, heavy rain helped ease ... Read More »

Winners announced for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Wheat Foundation’s (NWF) National Wheat Yield Contest (NWYC) offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across the U.S. and improve their production practices through new and innovative techniques. The NWF is happy to announce the national and state winners for the 2021 National Wheat Yield Contest. See the national winners and read more about their entries ... Read More »

Update to our membership regarding the lower Snake River dams

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Grain Commission were contacted by the staff of Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray this week to make us aware of a forthcoming process to investigate the economic and environmental impacts of breaching the four lower Snake River dams. As reported in several media outlets, Gov. Inslee commented on his ... Read More »

Congressional delegation calls for expanded ag assistance

Members of the Washington and Oregon delegation signed onto a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging USDA to take all statutory eligibilities into account when distributing the $10 billion in aid to Pacific Northwest agricultural producers hit hard by extreme heat, drought and wildfires this summer. “Congress provided $10 billion to cover ... Read More »

Dams: One structure, many benefits

From bpa.gov At first glance, dams look like they only hold back and store water, but they actually do so much more. Dams can help protect communities from floods, provide water to irrigate farmland, enable safe passage for boats and barges, create places to play on the river and provide the Northwest with renewable, carbon-free electricity. While not all dams ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/17: Late season planting throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 6.5 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 17 were below normal. In San Juan County, there were cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Low pressure systems stacked up leading into the fall rainy season. Livestock was on stockpiled feed. Harvest of CSA vegetable ... Read More »

Previewing the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention

After being canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions last year, the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention promises to be better than ever. This year’s event is slated for Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., and is sponsored by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), the Oregon Wheat Growers League and the Idaho Grain Producers Association. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 10/10: Cooler temps set in throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for field work, down from 6.7 the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending Oct. 10 were mostly below normal. San Juan County reported cooler temperatures with some rainfall throughout the area. Fall crops were planted, and harvest was near completion. Tree fruit harvest was in the final weeks, and pastures were ... Read More »