Crop progress report 07/31: Triple digit temperatures in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures were high. In western Washington, the hot weather helped corn silage progress. Some areas of south Snohomish and north King counties experienced field conditions that remained too wet to complete any fieldwork. In Whatcom County, the excessive heat caused raspberry shrinkage. Nonirrigated ... Read More »

Full-time Outreach Coordinator wanted

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers in Ritzville, WA is seeking an organized and proactive Outreach Coordinator to join our family-friendly organization. We are looking for someone who wants to celebrate agriculture and advocate for our producers and our rural lifestyle. The Outreach Coordinator supports outreach operations by coordinating all aspects of WAWG grower education, assisting the executive director with ... Read More »

Junior Livestock Show of Spokane gets new director

From the Capital Press Three generations of Lori Williams’ family have participated in the Junior Livestock Show of Spokane, she says. But Williams, the show’s new executive director, told the Capital Press that some families’ roots are even deeper. “We have some families that are five generations deep,” she said. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

WAWG leader testifies at farm bill listening session

Marci Green, past president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and a Spokane County producer, joined more than 100 industry stakeholders at a recent House Agriculture Committee Listening Session on the 2018 Farm Bill. The listening session was in Carnation, Wash., and was hosted by Rep. Kim Schrier (D-Wash.). During her two minutes, Green talked about the importance of crop ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/24: Warm, dry weather in Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.8 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were mostly normal. In Snohomish County, berries were running late, but crops were looking great. Cool weather crops were flourishing. Cucurbits started to take off, but tomatoes and peppers struggled. In central Washington, the weather was hot and dry. Canola ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/17: Warmer Weather and Drier Conditions Benefited Washington

From NASS There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 6.3 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal. In western Washington, crops looked great with the recent summer weather. With all the ground moisture, grass and recently planted crops were doing well. Additionally, some hay was baled. In Klickitat County, the weather was much warmer, and there was ... Read More »

Industry leaders take part in ag business podcast

Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers; Glen Squires, CEO of the Washington Grain Commission; and Rob Rich, vice president of marine services at the Shaver Transportation Company, recently appeared on The Business of Agriculture podcast, hosted by Damian Mason, to talk about the importance of the Columbia-Snake River System. Mason and his guests discuss how ... Read More »

Farmers are needed, and they need to be successful

By Michelle Hennings Executive Director, Washington Association of Wheat Growers Repeat after me, “FOOD SECURITY IS SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD; AND SAFE, RELIABLE FOOD IS FOOD SECURITY!” With everything going on in the world today, this has been on my and many other farmers’ minds lately. Everything we do and accomplish is for this, but the challenge is how do you ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 07/14: Season over for winter wheat

By Xianming Chen The stripe rust season is over for winter wheat and almost over for spring wheat and barley in the eastern Pacific Northwest (PNW). We have completed stripe rust data collections in the germplasm nurseries of both winter and spring crops in all locations. In the experimental fields, we have not seen very odd reactions for commercially grown varieties ... Read More »

Growers concerned with White House report on Columbia Basin salmon, steelhead

The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) today expressed disappointment with the draft “Rebuilding Interior Columbia Basin Salmon and Steelhead” report released by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which included recommendations to breach one or more of the lower Snake River dams (LSRD).  “Unfortunately, the report released today fails to consider the impacts breaching the lower Snake ... Read More »