NW 2020 Wheat Plantings & Hay Harvest Up

Northwest growers plated more wheat in 2020. All wheat planted in Idaho totaled 1.24 million acres last year, up 4% from 2019. Harvested acres hit 1.16 million, up 3% from the previous year. All wheat production totaled 113 million bushels, up 14% year over year. Yield is estimated at 96.7 bushels per acre, up 8.9 […]

Despite Challenges, 2020 Hay Crop Looks Good

This year was a difficult year for the entire ag community, thanks primarily due to COVID-19. But for Washington hay growers, Mother Nature also made the past year challenging. Andrew Eddie, Vice President of the Washington state Hay Growers Association said mid-spring rains negatively impacted many first cuts across the area, and wildfire smoke presented […]

China Has Purchased 71% of Its Phase One Target

The USDA says China has followed through on 71% of its Phase One Economic and trade Agreement commitments. According to last week’s announcement by the USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office , China has purchased over $23 billion in agricultural products to date. Outstanding sales of U.S. corn to China are at an all-time […]

NAFA To Host CFAP Webinar Thursday

The National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance will host a webinar Thursday, October 15th telling growers how they can get assistance through CFAP [the Coronavirus Food Assistance program]. Associate Director at National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance Jon Dockter said originally the crop was not eligible for the program, even when a second round of crops were […]

WSU And USDA Identify Markers Boosting Hay Quality

A joint research effort between Washington State University and USDA, as well as others, has identified ten genetic markers that point to a possible boost in alfalfa hay quality. WSU’s Regional Forage Specialist Steve Nordberg, said there’s several areas of possible improvement for alfalfa hay quality, but fiber is their main focus. “The first research area […]

Northwest Hay Stocks Jump

As of May 1st, hay stocks across the Northwest were 22% higher compared to 2019 numbers. According to NASS, on-farm hay stocks in Washington totaled 160,000 tons, down 45% year-over-year. May 1st stocks represent 7% of 2019 production. Disappearance from December 1st, 2019 was down 890,000 tons. Oregon’s on-farm hay stocks totaled 400,000 tons, up […]

Perry: Hay Will Enjoy Profits, While Wheat Looks To Breakeven

As we continue with our six part quarterly commodity snapshot, we look today at hay and wheat. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services started out focused on hay. “Northwest FCS’ 12-month outlook suggests alfalfa profitability will moderate as producers intend to plant more acres in 2020. Large inventory of mid-grade timothy continues […]

Eddie: Weather Made 2019 A Challenging Year For Hay Growers

For many Northwest producers, 2019 was a challenging year, because of trade uncertainty and the ongoing trade war with China.  But, for many hay growers, it was Mother Nature that made this year a difficult one.  Andrew Eddie, Vice President of the Washington state Hay Growers Association, says this was the most unpredictable year, weather […]

Future Of Farming: Don’t Fear Technology

The 2019-2020 Washington FFA President Awson Wheeler says the farming industry should not be hesitant to embrace technology, especially on the farm tech.       If you have a story idea for the Washington Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]