PNW Wheat Stocks Drop 43% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks dropped 43% from December 1st, 2020, to December 1st, 2021. Wheat stocks in Washington totaled 82.6 million bushels, down from 147 million bushels in storage a year earlier. Off-farm stocks were down 44%, while on-farm stocks were down 38% compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored in […]

Despite Challenges From Weather, 2021 A Good Year For Idaho Barley

The Idaho Barley Commission is looking back at 2021 as a year of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Barley growers had to deal with a dry and windy spring, which was less than ideal for planting. And those struggles continue to the record heat and drought of this summer. The Barley Commission’s Laura […]

Scoular Set To Cut Ribbon On New Barley Facility

Tuesday will be an exciting day for the Jerome, ID community, as The Scoular Company will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting of their new facility that will manufacture plant-based alternative protein made from barley. The 15,000 square foot facility will produce barley protein concentrate, Emerge, used for aquaculture feed and pet food. Scoular CEO Paul […]

Riverside Researcher Says New Tool Can Help Aid Food Supply

Researchers, led by a University of California Riverside team, have come up with a way to help crops flourish in drought as well as “normal” conditions. It’s a chemical called Antabactin, which suppresses the hormone that prevents seeds from germinating when temperatures are high. UCR’s Aditya Vaidya, says Antabactin has been successful in getting a […]

Idaho Barley Crop Down 21% From Last Year

Idaho remains one of the top barley producing states in the county, but this year’s crop is well off normal numbers. According to NASS, total barley production this year is off by 21% year over year. That breaks down to 55 million fewer bushels. The drought conditions being blamed as the chief reason for the […]

NW Wheat Stocks In Storage Dip 40% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks stored in the Pacific Northwest dropped 40% from September 1st, 2020. In Idaho stored wheat totaled 65.6 million bushels, down from 106 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were down 40%, while on-farm stocks were down 35% compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored topped out […]

Rippey: Spring Wheat Crop Shows Slight Improvement

Spring wheat growers have received little good news this year. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey, said things are actually looking slightly better this week. “Now the spring wheat condition has bounced back marginally the last two weeks,” Rippey said. “But that does not mask the fact that this has been a terrible year for spring wheat. […]

Idaho Barley Growers Working To Overcome Drought

Idaho barley growers have been dealing with one of the driest years in the past century and it’s hurting yields. Laura Wilder with Idaho Barley said there is an estimated 40,000 acre drop from last year, but the dip may not be that bad. “Considering the heat early in the season forcing plants to flower […]

Drought Impacting Barley Crop

The drought is also impacting the U.S. barley crop. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey this year’s crop is being harvest more quickly than usual. He noted that 13% of the barley crop was harvested as of August 1st, a head of the five-year average of 8%. “Barley condition continues to head the wrong direction. […]

Barley Crop Hurt By Drought Condition

It’s not just spring wheat that’s suffering because of the drought. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said the barley struggled as well. He noted this year’s crop finished the year 27% good to excellent, with 42% rated very poor to poor. A far cry from last year’s crop where 75% was rated good to excellent just […]