2020 Washington Apple Crop Expected To Be Lighter

The Washington Apple Commission is out with the first estimate of the 2020 crop, which is expected to be around 134 million 40-pound boxes. That figure is on par with last year’s 133 million boxes. However, since the time of the initial estimate, the Northwest experienced extreme weather which most likely will impact the final […]

Washington Dairies And EPA Square Off In Court

After last months’ ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, denying an EPA motion to dismiss the case, the Washington state Dairy Federation and EPA are bound for federal court over a 2012-13 study regarding groundwater contamination in the lower Yakima Valley. The EPA report said dairies near Sunnyside and Granger polluted the area […]

Newhouse Throws Support Behind WIFIA Improvement Act

On Tuesday, Representative Dan Newhouse announced he was joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers looking to amend the 2014 WIFIA Act. The group said House Resolution 8217 would improve the six year old Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, allowing public water projects to be eligible for low interest, longer-term federal loans from the EPA. […]

IdahoAgBiz Educating Farmers, Providing Insight

Farming is challenging, as is the business of selling those products. In an effort to help producers budget and get the best bang for their buck, the University of Idaho has a resource dedicated exclusively to the world of Agricultural economics. IdahoAgBiz Director Norm Ruhoff, said the site was designed to be the premiere regional […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Up Year Over Year

Winter wheat planting for the nation is a head of schedule. Brad Rippey, USDA meteorologist said as of Sunday, one tenth of the 2021 Winter Wheat crop was in the ground, which is two points ahead of the five-year average and four percentage points ahead of this time last year. He noted the two states […]

NCW Ranches Need Help Providing For Livestock

The Cold Springs Fire south of Omak has burned tens-of thousands of acres, destroyed homes, outbuilding and much more. But it’s not just humans that are the victim of this fire. Thousands of horses and cattle now have little to nothing to eat after fields were burned and barns were destroyed. In response the non-profit […]

Smoke Expected To Remain Through Thursday, Keeping Temperatures Cool

It’s been the topic of conversation for the Inland Northwest for at least a week, if not longer; the smoke. Smoke from wildfires in California and western Oregon continue to pour into the area, resulting in extremely poor air quality for most of the region. Meteorologist Marilyn Lohmann with the National Weather Service said not […]

Reinke & CropX Working Together To Provide Irrigation Innovation

A new partnership in agriculture is bringing two global leaders together to give growers the world’s finest irrigation scheduling tools. By integrating the technologies and support of Reinke Manufacturing and CropX growers can access soil health information that will allow them to improve yields, efficiencies and profitability through irrigation. Reinke’s president, Chris Roth, and John […]

Ag Equipment Sales Continue a Positive Trend in August

August marked the 5th month in a row that tractor and self-propelled combine sales increase in the U.S. Sales also reported a year-over-year increase for the third month in a row in Canada. The latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers shows U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 12.8% last month when compared to […]

Impact Solar Farms Are Having On Ag Community

A team of land grant university researchers are looking at the economic, legal, and community aspects of leasing solar panels and infrastructure on farmland. Rod Bain reports has the latest. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]