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Washington wheat farmers plow through challenges

From the Center Square Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, said farmers are worried about a multitude of factors that will affect harvest levels this year. She said their concerns are centered on the possibility for continuing drought, spiking fuel and fertilizer costs, delays in getting equipment, and an increase in global demand tied to ... 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 »

‘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 »

Drought has these Eastern Washington farmers worried, but they ‘always plant with faith’

From the Spokesman Review Wednesday was an immaculate day on the Palouse. Cartoonishly puffy clouds filled a brilliant blue sky. A gentle breeze blew through the 65-degree air. Hill after hill of bright green wheat rolled away for miles in every direction. Palouse farmers are sick of beautiful days, though. They want ominous gray clouds to bring rain and bring ... Read More »

La Nina to ease northwest drought, forecasters say

From the Capital Press A La Nina is expected to make winter in the Pacific Northwest wet and cold, relieving drought conditions in Oregon and Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. In the southern tier of the U.S., La Nina is forecast to turn winter dry and warm, worsening drought conditions that cover much of the Southwest ... Read More »