Rexburg Farmer Wins AFBF Discussion Meet

Eastern Idaho’s Marquee Ricks was named the winner of the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet in early January. Ricks, who faced off against 29 other state winners, says this is a competition that is always very competitive every year, which brings out the best and brightest minds from the young farmer and rancher community. […]

2020 A Good Year For Idaho Barley

2020 was a challenging year for a variety of Northwest commodities, but don’t tell that to Idaho barley growers. Idaho Barley Commission Executive Director Laura Wilder said the state had record yields of 110 bushels per acre last year. The success, she added, was due in large part to ideal growing conditions, very few problems […]

Grain Prices Should Improve in 2021

According to the USDA, global grain stocks in 2021 will likely be about 1.5% higher, year over year, reversing the downward trend observed over the past couple of years. Despite the rise in global supplies, USDA forecasts higher corn, wheat, and barley prices than in the 2019-2020 marketing year. The average corn price is projected […]

Grain Standards Reauthorization Heads to White House

Outgoing Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow applauded the House of Representatives passage of the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The legislation passed out of the Senate Ag Committee in June and the full Senate in November, and is now ready to be signed into law. “I’m pleased […]

OSU, Others Working On Buck Naked Barley

Land-grant university researchers across the country are developing new varieties of naked barley to capture all benefits of this grain, from human dietary benefits to animal feed as well as malting and brewing. The trick is finding the right balance  of a soluble fiber called “beta glucan” through cross-breeding. “Pursue a modest level of beta […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]

Idaho Ag Production Up 6% To $8.25B

The value of Idaho agricultural production in 2019 hit $8.25 Billion, up 6% year over year. The rankings of the top nine commodities remained unchanged from 2018. Coming in at $2.86 billion milk remains the leading agricultural commodity in the state. Not only did that value jumped 20% from 2018’s numbers, last year was the […]

Value Of Washington Ag Comes In Under $10B

The value of agricultural production in Washington last year totaled $9.49 billion, a 2% decrease from 2018 numbers. According to NASS apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the state accounting for $1.96 billion last year, an 8% year over year drop. Apples represented 21% of the total agricultural value in 2019; while apples were […]

Idaho The Top Barley Producer in The U.S.

Idaho is once again the top barley producing state in the country. According to the USDA’s 2020 Small Grains Annual Summary, Idaho’s barley crop this year was 1% largest than last year’s thanks to higher yields. In 2020, 500,000 acres of barley were harvested in Idaho, with the average yield of 110 bu/acre. That compares […]

As Harvest Continues, Northwest Wheat Numbers Mixed

According to NASS, 2020 wheat numbers, both spring and winter, are varied across the Northwest. Washington winter wheat production is forecast at 122 million bushels, unchanged from last month but up 3% year over year. Harvested area, at 1.65 million acres, is down 50,000 acres from 2019.  Yield is expected to be 74.0 bushels per […]