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Crop progress report 07/24: Warm, dry weather in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.8 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were mostly normal. In Snohomish County, berries were running late, but crops were looking great. Cool weather crops were flourishing. Cucurbits started to take off, but tomatoes and peppers struggled. In central Washington, the weather was hot and dry. Canola ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/17: Warmer Weather and Drier Conditions Benefited Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.3 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal. In western Washington, crops looked great with the recent summer weather. With all the ground moisture, grass and recently planted crops were doing well. Additionally, some hay was baled. In Klickitat County, the weather was much warmer, and there was ... Read More »

Industry leaders take part in ag business podcast

Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers; Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission; and Rob Rich, vice president of marine services at the Shaver Transportation Company, recently appeared on The Business of Agriculture podcast, hosted by Damian Mason, to talk about the importance of the Columbia-Snake River System. Mason and his guests discuss how ... Read More »

Farmers are needed, and they need to be successful

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Repeat after me, “FOOD SECURITY IS SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD; AND SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD IS FOOD SECURITY!” With everything going on in the world today, this has been on my and many other farmers’ minds lately. Everything we do and accomplish is for this, but the challenge is how do you ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 07/14: Season over for winter wheat

By Xianming Chen The stripe rust season is over for winter wheat and almost over for spring wheat and barley in the eastern Pacific Northwest (PNW). We have completed stripe rust data collections in the germplasm nurseries of both winter and spring crops in all locations. In the experimental fields, we have not seen very odd reactions for commercially grown varieties ... Read More »

Growers concerned with White House report on Columbia Basin salmon, steelhead

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) today expressed disappointment with the draft “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” report released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which included recommendations to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams (LSRD).  “Unfortunately, the report released today fails to consider the impacts breaching the lower Snake ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/11: Improved crop conditions, progress throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.5 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal. In Skagit County, breaks in the cold weather pattern provided time for producers to get into fields and complete corn planting. Improved weather also helped producers cultivate for weeds and provide some heat units for spring crops ... Read More »

Dams are essential to wheat farmers

Wheat growers challenge scientific accuracy, economic impacts of LSRD report  The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) filed public comments in response to the Draft Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report published on June 9. On behalf of over 4,000 members, WAWG urged Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider the direction of the Joint Federal-State ... Read More »

FSA accepting nominations for county committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. County committee members make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2022.  Producers who participate or cooperate in a ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/03: Temperatures up throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatureswere mostly above normal. In Clark County, the first cutting of alfalfa hay neared completion. Winter wheat was headed and looked good, while spring wheat had not headed yet. In Snohomish County, more field corn was planted. Organic producers had difficulties maintaining weeds ... Read More »