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Crop progress report 07/11: Improved crop conditions, progress throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.5 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal. In Skagit County, breaks in the cold weather pattern provided time for producers to get into fields and complete corn planting. Improved weather also helped producers cultivate for weeds and provide some heat units for spring crops ... Read More »

Dams are essential to wheat farmers

Wheat growers challenge scientific accuracy, economic impacts of LSRD report  The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) filed public comments in response to the Draft Lower Snake River Dams (LSRD) Benefit Replacement Report published on June 9. On behalf of over 4,000 members, WAWG urged Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee to reconsider the direction of the Joint Federal-State ... Read More »

FSA accepting nominations for county committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. County committee members make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2022.  Producers who participate or cooperate in a ... Read More »

Crop progress report 07/03: Temperatures up throughout Washington

From NASS There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, down from 6.7 days the previous week. Statewide temperatureswere mostly above normal. In Clark County, the first cutting of alfalfa hay neared completion. Winter wheat was headed and looked good, while spring wheat had not headed yet. In Snohomish County, more field corn was planted. Organic producers had difficulties maintaining weeds ... Read More »

Study: Dam proposal puts region behind in goal of ‘decarbonizing’ NW electrical grid

From the Capital Press The Pacific Northwest is already behind in reaching political leaders’ goal of “decarbonizing” the electric grid, and replacing the lower Snake River dams would only add more cost, create delays and generate more carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northwest RiverPartners. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Crop progress report 06/26: Warm, dry weather throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 5.4 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were above normal. In Skagit County, the warm weather allowed short-season corn to be planted. In Snohomish County, hay for silage was cut. There was enough heat present to get the cucurbits growing instead of shivering along with the rest ... Read More »

WSU looks to fill key dryland research position by end of year

From the Capital Press As a dryland cropping systems agronomist in western Nebraska for 22 years, Drew Lyon used to read Bill Schillinger’s research papers. “While he was kind of dealing with similar stuff, the Pacific Northwest is just different because of the rainfall patterns and the soil situations,” Lyon recalled. “It was always interesting to me because sometimes they ... Read More »

Crop progress 06/19: Continued Cool Weather Throughout Washington 

From NASS There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Washington, up from 4.3 days the previous week. Statewide temperatures were below normal. In Clark County, the rain kept producers out of the field most of the week. No progress was made on putting up hay. In Whatcom County, conditions remained the same, which slowed fieldwork. Heavier soils were still ... Read More »

Stripe rust update 06/07: Rust spreading due to cool, wet weather

By Dr. Xianming Chen As the weather has been cool and wet for the eastern Pacific Northwest (PNW), stripe rust has developed and spread quickly in the region. This week, we recorded stripe rust data in the experimental fields at Hermiston, Ore. (Umatilla Co.), Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla Co.), and Lind, Wash. (Adams Co.). Stripe rust reached the highest severity ... Read More »

Editorial: The political thought process and the Snake River dams

From the Capital Press When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray commissioned a “study” of tearing down the four dams on the lower Snake River, we saw it as little more than another political sales pitch. The main goal would be to come up with a cost lower than the $33.5 billion estimated by Rep. Mike Simpson, ... Read More »