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Crop progress report 06/20: Rising temperatures throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for field work, down from 7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending June 20 were normal to above normal. In San Juan County, pastures continued to dry, and grasses booted. Berry crops sized up and continued to bloom. In Snohomish County, the ground moisture was low. Poorly drained fields ... Read More »

Wheat leaders send letter asking governor to make a drought declaration

Grower leaders from the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) and the Washington Grain Commission (WGC) have sent a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to announce a drought declaration in wheat counties so growers will have access to federal natural disaster aid. The letter comes as drought conditions deepen across the state. As of June 15, all or ... Read More »

Severe Droughts Require Action to Avoid a Food Crisis

From bayer.com Marci Green is desperately waiting for rain. “If we get rains in June, we might be able to save the season,” she says, looking out of the window and letting her eyes wander over the fields surrounding her family farm in eastern Washington State. It’s late May and the region has experienced “pretty serious” droughts as Marci reports. ... Read More »

Koenig steps in as interim CAHNRS dean at WSU

From the Capital Press Rich Koenig will take over as interim dean of Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences on July 1. He replaces Andre-Denis Wright, who resigned effective June 30 to be the new provost of the Norman campus for the University of Oklahoma. Wright joined WSU as CAHNRS dean in 2018. Read the ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/13: Scattered Rain Showers Throughout Washington

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending June 13 were below normal. In San Juan County, there was much needed rain, but fields looked good. Livestock was on pasture, while some pastures showed signs of water stress. Early haylage harvest was done. In Snohomish County, rain ... Read More »

 Winter Wheat Production in Northwest Region Down 10 Percent from May Forecast 

Based on June 1, 2021, conditions, Washington winter wheat production is forecast at 96.3 million bushels, down 28 percent from 2020. Harvested area, at 1.69 million acres, is down 60,000 acres from the previous year. Yield is forecast at 57 bushels per acre, down 7 bushels from the May 1 forecast and down 19 bushels from last year. Idaho winter wheat production ... Read More »

‘It’s going to be a difficult year’: Local dryland farmers struggling with severe drought conditions

From KXLY.com Both Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho are under severe to extreme drought conditions now. Dryland farmers, and their crops, are struggling with the little rain. Wheat head comparison from Ryan Poe’s field. The left is what a normal sized wheat head looks like, the right shows a smaller wheat head with some frost damage. There are pockets of ... Read More »

Wheat farmers ponder Simpson’s next dam moves

From the Capital Press Northwest wheat industry leaders say Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s plan to remove four dams on the lower Snake River has little support. But they worry about what the Republican  congressman could do to push the plan through anyway. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Eastern Washington in first-of-its-kind drought advisory with dry conditions across US

From mynorthwest.com Much of the Western United States is in a drought right now, and after one of the driest springs in 100 years, Eastern Washington is no exception, with the state having issued a drought advisory for everywhere east of the Cascades and south of the Puget Sound. The first of its kind ever issued in Washington, the drought ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/06: Above Average Temperatures Throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 7 days suitable for field work, unchanged from the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending June 6 were above normal. In San Juan County, there were higher than average temperatures for the month. Livestock was on pasture, while some pastures showed signs of water stress. CSA farms planted warm weather crops. A few late ... Read More »