Northwest Canola Acreage Increases Year-Over-Year

According to the latest numbers from the USDA canola acreage in the northwest increase between 2019 and 2020. Not only did acreage increase year-over-year, but both Idaho and Washington hit all-time highs. And the Pacific Northwest now has three of the four top canola producing states the country. Idaho’s hit 46,484 planted acres this year, […]

Pear Crop Expected To Be Larger, Led By Washington And Oregon

This year’s pear crop is expected to be much larger than the 2019 crop. NASS said this year’s fresh pear crop is expected to hit 1.6 billion pounds, a 10% year over year increase. USDA Research Economist, Jaclyn Kramer, says Washington and Oregon growers are reporting increased crop production, 18% and 6% respectively, thanks to […]

AFBF: Updates On-Line Resources To Help Students During At Home Learning

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is reminding parents during the pandemic that their online resources offer quick and easy ways for children to learn about agriculture. “We wanted to make sure that we had resources available to them that cover topics in agriculture,” said Foundation Education Outreach Director Julia Recko. “Right now, we […]

Weather Expected To Calm, But Cooler Temperatures Expected Soon

To say the weather was wild Tuesday may be an understatement. A system that rolled through brought rain showers, heavy in some locations, and very strong winds. Some locations in central Washington reported wind speeds around 60 mph. A very interesting way to usher in winter weather, or was it? Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the […]

Study: COVID-19 Present Opportunity for Online Agricultural Retailers

COVID-19 is having a huge impact on farmers’ purchasing practices, that according to new research by leading global consultancy, McKinsey & Company. The survey of financial decision-makers at farms across Europe reveals that 95% of farms are considering adjusting purchasing behavior to minimize physical interactions in response to the pandemic. Digital purchasing may provide the […]

AEM Releases September 2020 Ag Equipment Sales Numbers

All segments of ag equipment sales grew in September 2020, continuing a positive trend for the year, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. U.S. total farm tractor sales rose 21.6% in September compared to 2019, while combine sales grew 8.2%. Four-wheel-drive units increased for the second month in a row in September, up 21.4%, […]

NMPF: All Dairy Farmers Should Sign Up for DMC

The National Milk Producers Federation is urging all dairy farmers to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage Program. Enrollment in the program opened Tuesday. NMPF cites the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and the expectation of volatile dairy margins in the next year, in the need for DMC protection. NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern said, […]

USDA Stressing Importance Of Food Safety

USDA is working on improving its food safety outreach efforts to consumers. Stephanie Ho takes a look at why the Department is undertaking this effort. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Farmers Using An Auction Have Homework To Do

Retiring farmers using auctions as part of the succession plan have several things to do in preparation. Auctioneer, Mark Stock, said when setting the time and date of the auction, be sure to give enough prep time for everyone involved, both on the seller side and potential buyer. To do that, Stock said it’s important […]