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 »

Crop progress report 06/14: Rains across Washington bogged down western producers and aided eastern producers

From NASS There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from the previous week’s 5.7 days. Western Washington had precipitation and cool temperatures. Island, San Juan and Skagit counties had temperatures in the 60s with occasional sunshine. Some areas around the Puget Sound received more than two inches of rain. Some crops showed signs of stress ... Read More »

Jacobson to retire after 18 years at Idaho Wheat Commission

From the Capital Press Blaine Jacobson will retire from the Idaho Wheat Commission at the end of June, after 18 years as its executive director. “Every bit of those 18 years has been enjoyable,” Jacobson told the Capital Press. “I enjoyed the wheat growers I’ve worked with, the commissioners I reported to. I’ve had excellent staff. All of them have ... Read More »

Wireworms more widespread than previous years

From the Capital Press Wireworms this year are popping up in areas where wheat growers previously didn’t find them, Washington researchers and farmers say. The pests are more active this year than recent years, said Aaron Esser, agronomist for Washington State University Extension in Adams and Lincoln counties. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 06/07: Washington’s cool temperatures, rain helped some and hindered others

From NASS There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, staying constant from the previous week. The Puget Sound had a few rainy days mixed with a few sunny days. Crops and fields were in good condition. Hay producers were still searching for stable weather to continue hay harvest. CSA farmers were in full swing. Berry crops ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 06/04: Weather conditions conducive to disease development

Dr. Xianming Chen This week, we were completing stripe rust notes of winter cereal nurseries in Mount Vernon (Skagit County), Wash.; Hermiston (Umatilla County), Ore.; and Walla Walla (Walla Walla County), Wash. Winter wheat and barley ranged from flowering to soft dough stage. Wheat stripe rust developed to 100 percent severity on susceptible winter varieties in these locations. Barley stripe ... Read More »

Inslee clarifies COVID-19 rules for farms

From the Capital Press Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Tuesday clarified how farmers can comply with some requirements to keep COVID-19 from spreading among workers. Read the story here. Read More »