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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 »

La Nina settling in for third straight winter

From the Capital Press Federal forecasters are nearly certain that a La Nina will prevail in early winter and think it will likely will stick around until early spring, raising prospects for ample snow in the Cascade Range. Read the rest of the article here. 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 »

‘There will be an eight generation’

From the Spokesman-Review Leaning into early August, three combines churned rows of swathed Kentucky bluegrass across fields near Fairfield. The bluegrass seed harvest had stretched a couple weeks past normal. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 8/14: Hot, dry conditions continued throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 7 days the previous week. Western Washington received little to no precipitation. In south central Washington, weather conditions were hot and dry throughout the area. In Chelan County, soil moistures dropped heading into fall planting. In Klickitat County, winter grain harvest was in full swing. Second cutting ... Read More »

Crop progress report 08/07: Dry conditions in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were normal. Western Washington experienced precipitation throughout the week. In Snohomish County, farmers started the fourth cutting of grass silage. Blueberries began to appear. In central Washington, weather conditions were very dry with no rain. In Okanogan County, grasshoppers made their presence known. Due to heat ... Read More »