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WAWG year in review 2019/20

Another year, another 12 months of advocating for the Washington wheat industry. Here’s some highlights and a look what the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) has been up to for the last 365 days. July 2019 Farmers begin signing up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP). The program, administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), will provide $14.5 billion ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/12: Weather remained seasonably cool in Washington

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, unchanged from the previous week. Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties all experienced cooler and wetter weather. Some acreage had to be replanted including sweet corn, field corn and pumpkins. Some grain crops were lost, and it was too late to replant. Other fields were still too ... Read More »

WSDA proposes improved pesticide applicator license testing; fees to increase

From Washington Friends of Farms & Forests The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is proposing to transition to a modern testing platform that will benefit pesticide license applicants and their employers. To create a new and improved testing system, they plan to increase testing fees and change how exams administered. To accomplish this, WSDA must revise state rules that ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/05: Small grains, range grass did great in Washington

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, unchanged from the previous week. Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties reported most farmers were on the second cut for dry hay and haylage. The first grass growth was finished, but the undergrowth was coming in fine. Some vegetable farmers reported poor germination attributed to unstable weather. ... Read More »

Introducing Lance Marshall

So far, it’s been a pretty eventful year for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). Add in one more change—the hiring of a new staff member. Lance Marshall was brought on board in June to replace retiring Wheat Life ads sales manager, Kevin Gaffney. Marshall and his wife, Pamela, live in Clarkston, Wash., with their youngest daughter. Two other ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 07/01: Spring wheat, barley still susceptible

By Dr. Xianming Chen During the last two weeks, we have been recording stripe rust data in our experimental nurseries at various locations and completed note-taking of winter nurseries at all locations. Stripe rust reached 90 to 100 percent severity on susceptible winter wheat varieties at all locations. Barley stripe rust developed up to 80 percent severity at Mount Vernon ... Read More »

Crop progress report 0628: Winter wheat started to turn gold in Eastern Washington

From NASS There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 6.3 the previous week. The Puget Sound had continued rain and sunshine with warmer days and nights. Field conditions in western Washington were wet, but improving. The standing water in low areas from last week evaporated this week. Green grain fields turned yellow. Weed control ... Read More »

Asotin wheat growers award scholarship

The Asotin County wheat growers have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Shelby Forgey, daughter of Brad and Jody Forgey of Asotin. Forgey just graduated from Asotin High School where she played varsity basketball and track. She grew up participating in 4H and FFA and has been tap dancing since she was two. Forgey is planning on attending college in Walla ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/21: Western Washington still wet, eastern Washington shone bright

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.2 the previous week. Areas of Clallam, Jefferson, King and Snohomish counties received more than two inches of rain on Monday. Fields were wet from daily scattered showers. Some operators lost crops, especially in lower recessed areas. Drainage districts depended on both pumps and tide ... Read More »

Governor makes face masks available to wheat farmers

L&I releases COVID-19 training kit The Governor’s office has made 2,000 face masks available to wheat farmers and their employees across the state in order to comply with the new COVID-19 guidance as it relates to agriculture.  That guidance requires all farm employees not working alone on the jobsite to wear cloth facial coverings. The cloth facial coverings must be ... Read More »