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Crop progress report 04/21: Strong winds in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.7 days the previous week. Some areas of western Washington experienced dry conditions. Central Washington experienced high winds that dried out the topsoil and caused grasses to start heading out. In Yakima County, there was no precipitation over the past week. The upper ... Read More »

National waterways group opposes Snake River dam removal

From the Capital Press The potential removal of the lower Snake River dams would have “far-reaching impacts” beyond the Pacific Northwest, according to the leader of a national inland waterways advocacy group. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Corps: Dam greenhouse gas report ‘misleading without context

From the Capital Press A report from an environmental group that claims the lower Snake River dams are a major source of greenhouse gases is “misleading without context,” the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Andrea Cox Hired as WAWG’s Conservation Coordinator

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is pleased to announce Andrea Cox has been hired as the Conservation Coordinator. She will assist Washington small grain farmers in learning more about the additional NRCS funding opportunities provided through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). “I’m thrilled to be part of the WAWG team and have the opportunity to utilize my background ... Read More »

Crop progress report 04/14: Warmer weather for Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.1 days suitable the previous week. Western Washington saw a little precipitation. Crops were progressing a bit ahead of schedule. In Whatcom County, blueberries were budding, and raspberries were filling out. Fieldwork started, and grass showed good growth. The Yakima Valley experienced overnight ... Read More »

Stripe rust report 4/13: Stripe rust widely occurring in the PNW

By Xianming Chen USDA Research Plant Pathologist Over the last 10 days, we were planting spring cereal nurseries and checking winter wheat fields in various locations. So far, we have found stripe rust in our disease monitoring and germplasm screening fields in all locations we have checked. On April 2, we were planting spring wheat and barley at Walla Walla. ... Read More »

Crop progress report 04/08: Wet week in Washington

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 5.8 days last week. Western Washington saw a little precipitation. Crops were coming along a bit ahead of schedule. Pasture conditions were normal for this time of year, but there were few animals out because of the wet ground. Central Washington saw some ... Read More »

What if … A look at the fallout if the lower Snake River dams are demolished

From the Capital Press Final authority to breach the four lower Snake River dams remains with the 535 members of Congress. But agricultural stakeholders, tribes and environmental groups agree on one thing: The Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative recently signed by the Biden administration, four Northwest tribes and the states of Oregon and Washington is a pathway to breaching the dams. ... Read More »

 All Wheat Acres Planted in the Northwest Up Slightly from 2023

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service Producers in Washington are estimated to have 2.33 million total acres planted to wheat in 2024, up 1% from last year. Winter wheat planted acres are expected to total 1.85 million acres for this year, up 3% from 2023. Spring wheat area planted is estimated at 475,000 acres, down 5% from last year. Wheat producers ... Read More »

Crop progress report 03/31: Slow start to spring in Washington

By the National Agricultural Statistics Service There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington. Western Washington saw warmer weather, leading to raspberry plants leafing out. Field work was completed between rain showers. Central Washington saw typical weather for March, with grass starting to grow, but the fields were too wet to begin field work. In Yakima County, honeybees were ... Read More »