State

Volunteers needed for Olympia Days

WAWG is looking for volunteers to attend Olympia Days Jan. 20-22, 2020. We will be making a large number of appointments with various legislators and need county representation to make our meetings effective with clear messaging. Talking points are provided and all meetings have at least 2 grower members and/or staff. Please RSVP to Lori (lori@wawg.org) ASAP so that we ... Read More »

USDA to open signup for CRP next week

From the USDA Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Dec. 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental ... Read More »

The importance of grain shipping on our river system

By Trista Crossley While there was much talk of trade during the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention, the importance of the Columbia-Snake River System was also on growers’ minds. Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, gave a break-out session on the important role the river system plays in shipping products to market. She said lots of ... Read More »

WAWG does business, honors members at 2019 convention

For Washington wheat growers, the 2019 Tri-State Grain Growers Convention was back on their home turf, taking place last month in Spokane at the Davenport Grand Hotel. Approximately 500 growers, agency representatives and industry supporters gathered to hear top notch speakers; establish guidance on industry concerns; and learn the latest on herbicide resistance, 2018 Farm Bill programs and other topics ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/24: Most of the farming wrapped up for the season in Washington

From NASS There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 5.7 days suitable the previous week. The season was basically over for fall work in most counties, although harvesting of unflooded fall crops continued in Snohomish County, and some corn had not been harvested in Columbia and Walla Walla counties. Typical fall conditions of rain ... Read More »

Stripe rust observed in wheat fields in Lincoln, Douglas counties

By Dr. Xianming Chen Tuesday, we were checking wheat fields in Whitman, Adams, Lincoln, Grant and Douglas counties in Washington. Winter wheat ranged from emerging (before Feekes 1) to early jointing (Feekes 5). Among more than 30 fields with wheat plants in the growth range of Feekes 3 to 5, stripe rust was observed in three fields, one in Lincoln ... Read More »

Washington tallies carbon; agriculture contributes 6.6%

From the Capital Press Belching livestock, decomposing manure and cultivated cropland emitted about 6.6% of Washington’s greenhouse gases in 2017, the Washington Department of Ecology reported Tuesday. The agriculture sector contributed 6.5 million metric tons to the state’s release of 97.5 million metric tons of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Read the rest of the article ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/17: Washington’s autumn cycle settled in

From NASS There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, down from 6.3 days suitable the previous week. North Puget Sound was unusually dry, but returned to equilibrium with low-pressure systems bringing rain and wind. Most crops were removed from growing areas. Some livestock were grazing on pastures, while others were on stored feed. Soils were still ... Read More »

Crop progress report 11/10: Apple harvest wrapping up, fruit trees dormant in Washington

From NASS  There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington last week, up from 5.0 days suitable the previous week. San Juan County had similar conditions to last week. Cool nights and warm days had sun mixed with clouds. Most fields in Snohomish County were too wet for field work. Late-planted cover crops on corn silage fields emerged. A ... Read More »