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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 »

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 »