WSU: Stripe Rust Expected To Be Lighter in 2021

Researchers at Washington State University say they expect less stripe rust in 2021 compared to last year’s numbers. Professor Tim Murray says the university has one of the foremost experts on the topic in Dr. Xianming Chen who released his most recent forecast in late March. “He said that the models have changed to predict to being on the low end […]

Hanselman: Dairy Is Tough To Live Without

The National Milk Producers Federation is going on the offensive, telling the American people how important dairy is to their diets and everyday lives. The NMPF’s Miquela Hanselman said the argument that dairy isn’t important to human diets would be laughable if it were not so dangerous. Hanselman said several studies have linked dairy consumption […]

2021 Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit Looks To Equip Farmers

The theme of this year’s virtual Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit is “Obstacles to Opportunities” with, what organizers call a focus on overcoming obstacles for farm security. Emily Solis, said the virtual panelists will touch on any unprecedented challenges that cropped during last year’s pandemic. “Some of those include where we saw some of the challenges from […]

Northwest Weather Expected To Become More Active In Coming Days

Outdoor lovers have enjoyed the weather across the Northwest over the past couple of days, while the farm community has not. While clear skies and sunshine is nice for a bike ride, it does not help relieve the dry soil conditions across the region. But that could change in the coming days. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist […]

Jekanowski Expects Higher Steer Prices

World Board Outlook Chair, Mark Jekanowski, said there were pretty small changes in USDA’s beef production forecast. “What we’re seeing there is an increased slaughter forecast for the second half of the year being largely offset by lighter carcass weights.” He said the situation with pork is a bit different. “We pulled back our pork […]

Produce Union Unhappy with USDA’s Cancellation of Food Box Program

A trade group in the fruit and vegetable industry is unhappy with the USDA’s decision to cancel the Farmers to Families Food Box Distribution Program. United Fresh said millions of Americans gained access to healthy, fresh produce throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the decision by Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack to cut the program “shortsighted.” The […]

What Makes The Klamath Basin So Challenging?

While complex in nature, much of the recent concerns about water supplies for one Western basin stems from the weather – past and present. Rod Bain highlights the concerns taking place in southern Oregon. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Fertilizer Institute Announces New Tools to Better Understand Crop Nutrition

The Fertilizer Institute recently announced two new updates to crop nutrient use tools. The tools provide the industry with scientifically backed data to better track nutrient use and nutrient balances across the United States. Working together, the Nutrient Use Geographic Information System and the Soil Test Summary are an index of performance, both agronomic and […]

Grilling Season Rally Progressing Higher than Normal

This year’s grilling season rally is higher than normal, fueled by vaccine availability, stimulus checks and the opening of ballparks. According to cattle market analyst Ed Czerwien the daily spot Choice box beef cutout ended April 9th, at $272.17, which was $19.32 higher compared to a week earlier. Last year it was $223.93 on the […]