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Crop progress report 11/28: More rainfall occurred throughout Washington

From NASS There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork, up from 4.5 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal. In San Juan County, cooler temperatures set in throughout the area. Some flooding overloaded the area and even kept agricultural activity from happening. Livestock was on stockpiled feed. In Yakima County, consistent rain was received throughout the area. Temperatures ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/21: Weather not favorable for farming in Washington

From NASS  There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork, down from 4.6 the previous week. In San Juan County, cooler temperatures set in throughout the area. Ponds were nearly full as winter conditions settled on the area. In Snohomish County, saturated soils prevented any fieldwork beyond vegetable harvest from being done. Some fields were flooded, which kept agricultural activity from ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Enrollment, election for 2022 ARC/PLC programs open

Elections and enrollment for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2022 crop year began on Oct. 18, 2021, and will run through March 15, 2022. The 2018 Farm Bill allows for changes to the farm election for 2022. Any producers wishing to make changes to the farm election must obtain signatures from all producers ... Read More »

2021 convention rapidly approaching

Preparations for the 2021 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention are moving full speed ahead. The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is monitoring COVID-19 requirements and will provide updates as necessary at wawg.org and in the weekly Greensheet email newsletter.  This year’s event is scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Davenport Grand Hotel in Spokane, Wash., and is sponsored by ... Read More »