Western U.S. Continues To Dry Out

It’s not only dry in the Northwest, it’s becoming increasly dry across the entire west coast. “One of the problems is that we have seen premature melting of already meager snow packs in many areas,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “And that has left very little snow still to melt as we move into May.” […]

May Drought Numbers Historic

The latest U.S. drought monitor is reaching historic levels. “There have only been four times in in the history of the drought monitor that we have seen more than 40% US drought coverage as we’ve come in to early May,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brady Rippey. “The current U.S. drought coverage is 46.6% of the lower […]

USDA: Cooler Weather Slows Winter Wheat Progress

Cooler weather across the country has slowed the progress of the national winter wheat crop. “We continue to see cold weather slowing overall development of the crop, so it is running a few days behind schedule,” said USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey. “38% of the U.S. winter wheat headed by May 9th. The five-year average is […]

Winter Wheat Heading Behind Schedule Nationally

When it comes to the national pace of winter wheat heading, things are slightly behind schedule. “We’re seeing just 27% of the over winter wheat crop headed on May 2nd. That’s well behind the 5-year average pace of 34%. Also behind last year’s 30%.” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said there are signs of heading in […]

Sugar Beet Plantings Ahead Of Average Nationwide

Sugar beet planting nationwide is nearing completion, a little earlier than normal. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 81% of the U.S. crop was planted by May 2nd, ahead of the five-year average of 51% and last year’s 47%. “We’re seeing planting approaching completion in Michigan 95% complete, and Idaho 93%. Then a big week […]

Winter Wheat Numbers Slightly Behind Five-Year Average

When taking a look at the latest national winter wheat numbers, the USDA says 10% of the crop is heading, which is behind the five-year average of 14% also behind last year’s 13%. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said while the heading pace is currently behind schedule. “That’s a little piece of good news as we […]

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]

Did Recent Cold Damage Northwest Stone Fruit?

The recent cold temperatures we saw across the Northwest, what kind of damage should ag producers expect? “So as we move in to states like Washington and Oregon, for example, we have seen multiple freezes starting the middle to latter part of last week and continuing through the weekend and even in to the early […]

Impact Of SE Freeze On Peaches, Other Fruits

It wasn’t just the Pacific Northwest that experienced exceptionally cold temperatures recently. What were the impacts of the freezes that hit the southeastern U.S. on April 2nd and 3rd? “There has been some significant damage to the peach crop in South Carolina. We did see temperatures down in to the 20s in some of the […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]