Northwest Soils Very Dry For Early April

Soils continue to dry out a cross the Northwest. According to the latest numbers from NASS, 12% of Idaho’s topsoil moisture is very short, while 14% if short. In Washington 15% of the topsoil moisture is very short, while 32% is short. And in Oregon, 25% of the topsoil moisture is very shot, with another […]

USDA Reopens CFAP Application Period

USDA has re-opened the application period for the Coronavirus Food and Assistance Program or CFAP 2. “That was re-opened on April 5th for at least 60 days and the original sign up period ended December 11th,” said Zach Ducheneaux, FSA Administrator. “There were some gaps and some adjustments that needed to be made to fill […]

Wyden, Merkley, Bentz: Klamath Basin Needs To Prepare For Another Difficult Water Year

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Cliff Bentz released a statement Tuesday focused on the drought conditions in the Klamath Basin. The three met with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the dire water year the southwest corner of the state will face, and the emergency resources needed to provide the community relief. […]

Dry Pattern Expected To Continue For Foreseeable Future

For those hoping for some rain in the not too distant future, it looks like it will be a while before those hopes are realized. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the region has seen increased wind activity as the Jet Stream moves north in preparation of the hotter weather of the […]

Washington Wine Industry Looks To Promote Diversity

Three of the biggest players in the Washington wine industry, Woodinville Wine Country, Chateau Ste. Michelle, and DeLille Cellars, are working together in an effort to recruit students from diverse backgrounds for Washington State University’s wine science program. Lauren Paterson, said the Woodinville Wine Country Diversity Scholarship Fund was prompted by the racial justice protests that […]

Farm Credit System Reviews Current Ag Economy

Record agricultural exports are contributing to favorable economic conditions for the U.S. farm sector. Exports to China have risen to record levels, with increases in soybeans, corn, wheat, and cotton. High crop prices and strong producer margins are expected to bring more acreage into production, but continuing drought in much of the western United States […]

Organizers: Producers Should Expect Exciting Improvements At WDE 2021

World Dairy Expo will stay in Madison, WI for 2021. “We are staying in Madison and that decision really was based on conversations that we were having and the assurance that we have in regards to how we can hold our event in Madison, and really not taking into consideration that contract extension that was […]

Washington Winegrowers Announces 2021 Board, Officers

During a virtual annual meeting the Washington Winegrowers Association reelected three incumbents to serve on the Board of Directors. The trio were elected to serve three year terms. Those Board Members reelected were: •            Becca De Kleine (Four Feathers Wine Estates, Prosser) •            Scott Williams (Kiona Vineyards & Winery, Benton City) •            Shane Collins (Rocky Pond Winery, Chelan) […]

USDA Warning Of “Hungry Pests”

The damage caused by invasive pests, known as “hungry pests,” can be costly. “Invasive insects and plant diseases cost the US an estimated $40 billion each year in damages to trees, plants, crops, and related eradication and control efforts,” said Samantha Simon with USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine. “Ppeople play an important role in helping […]