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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 »

Stripe rust report: Lowest level in years found in Eastern Washington

By Dr. Xianming Chen Rusts in western Washington  Last week, we were taking the second-time stripe rust notes of the winter cereal nurseries and the first-time notes of spring cereal nurseries in Mount Vernon (Skagit County) in western Washington. Winter cereals ranged from boot (Feekes 10) to flowering (Feekes 10.5), and spring plants were in early jointing (Feekes 4-5). As ... Read More »

Crop progress report 06/01: Much Needed Precipitation Throughout Washington 

From NASS  There were 7 days suitable for field work, up from 6.8 days reported the previous week. Statewide temperatures for the week ending May 30 were below normal. In western Washington, rainstorms provided much needed precipitation. Ground preparation for planting was excellent. In San Juan County, some fields were replanted due to dry weather. CSA farms planted potatoes, melons ... Read More »

‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought

From NW News Network Nicole Berg wades into her stunted wheat field. It’s so short and sparse, she doesn’t think the combine can even reach the wheat without eating rocks. “Combines don’t like dirt and rocks,” Berg says. “They get indigestion.” Read the rest of the article here. Read More »