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Crop progress report 11/26: Little fall fieldwork left in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 4.7 days reported the previous week. Western Washington saw cool and dry weather, with less rain than the previous week. Central Washington temperatures cooled, and the area did not receive any moisture. In Yakima County, tractors were observed plowing and disking in the ... Read More »

Biden Administration quietly developing settlement with groups seeking to tear down key power source

From Fox News The Biden administration is quietly discussing a potentially far-reaching settlement with environmental groups that advocate for tearing down four hydroelectric dams in Washington to protect salmon. Federal attorneys representing the government said it had “developed a package of actions and commitments” and agreed to pause litigation with environmental activist plaintiffs in the case, according to court documents ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/19: Fall weather in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 3.6 days reported the previous week. Western Washington remained cooler than normal compared to the rest of the state. Central Washington was warmer than usual at this time of year. In Yakima County, farmers were back in the fields and planted acreage they ... Read More »

Samantha Holling and Izabella Myers selected as Washington’s Wheat Ambassadors

Two high school seniors have been selected to represent Washington wheat farmers and will serve as the Washington Wheat Ambassadors for the upcoming year. Samantha Holling of Fairfield and Izabella Myers of Latah were selected after an initial written application process that included submitting a short introductory video. Holling and Myers will each be giving a speech at the upcoming ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/05: Rainy, wet weather in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5 days recorded the previous week. Western Washington had a decent amount of rainfall. Producers were not able to do much in the fields because of the conditions. Central Washington also had a wet week. Cattle were still out on pasture for the ... Read More »

River treaty negotiations continue; agencies making plans

Last month, Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, was invited to attend the Council of State Governments West (CSG West) Legislative Council on River Governance in Whitefish, Mont., where she heard an update on the Columbia River Treaty from U.S. negotiator Jill Smail and Stephen Glock, a negotiator from the Canadian team. Hennings said Smail ... Read More »

Wheat is third in state for value of production

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service The value of Washington’s 2022 agricultural production totaled $12.8 billion, shattering the previous record high of $10.4 billion in 2015 and up 27% from the revised previous year value of $10.1 billion. The value of Washington’s crop production in 2022 was $8.60 billion, up 22% from 2021. The value of livestock production in 2022 ... Read More »

Crop progress 10/29: Wintery weather in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.4 days reported the previous week. Western Washington reported fall-planted crops looked strong due to the increased rain. Spring-planted crops finished harvest. Shellfish producers moved out of their planting season and into their harvesting season. Central Washington saw the seasons change, and cold ... Read More »

WAWG leader appears on Farm Journal TV

Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, recently appeared on Farm Journal Television to talk about Washington’s seeding progress. See the video on Farm Journal Television’s website. Read More »

Crop progress report 10/23: Fall seeding continued in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.6 days recorded the previous week. Warm temperatures around the state helped crops grow. Some moisture was reported in central Washington. Klickitat County reported above average temperatures and no killing frosts, which was unusual for this time of year. Cows were still coming out of the ... Read More »