McMorris Rodgers: Eastern Washington’s Economy Needs USDA To Act

As farmers and ranchers wait for the USDA to approve assistance to rebound from the drought, wildfires and extreme heat in both 2020 and 2021, the delay is hurting those outside of the farming community. That according to eastern Washington representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has joined other lawmakers from the Evergreen State calling on […]

Nationally, Winter Wheat Plantings Look Good

The pace of winter wheat planting remains generally on par with the five-year averages in most major production states. “In terms of winter wheat emergence, no major issues on the national scale.  74% of the crop emerged by November 7th; five-year average, 77%. Last year at this time we were at 78%,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

Lohmann: Active Weather “A Long Time Coming”

The prayers of many farmers across the Pacific Northwest were answered this week as several strong systems brought rain to locations west and east of the Cascades. And as meteorologist Marilyn Lohman pointed out, Tuesday’s storm dumped up to a foot of snow in locations above 6,000’. She noted the water year has started off […]

U.S. Facing Historic Drought Numbers

How historic has the long range drought for the United States been? “We have seen drought in a very narrow range.  46-48% of the country has been covered by drought each week since mid-June of 2021.  So we’re going on almost 5 months of that kind of drought coverage.” USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey said it […]

It Will Take Time For Pastures To Recover, Says Rippey

This year’s last look at pasture and rangeland conditions reflects the impact of the drought across the northern plains and the west. “Even though soil moisture has improved, it does take a considerable amount of time to recover,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “Especially this time of year when the temperatures are lower; the days […]

USDA Working with Interior To Help Address Water Shortages

Some farmers in the west are dealing with droughts that are lingering longer and are more intense, making water scarce, or sometimes unavailable at all, but the NRCS said there are things that can be done to help the situation.Astor Boozer, western regional conservationist at NRCS, said several federal departments have programs to help producers […]

Mulroney: Producers Stepping Away Is Not Good For Idaho, Industry

The past couple of years have been very challenging for cattle producers across the Northwest. This year, it was record heat and drought. Last year, it was the pandemic and supply chain shutdowns. And before that, a lack of hook space and several other issues between producers and the packers. And because of that, producers […]

Cool, Active Weather To Start November

It truly feels like fall across the Pacific Northwest. Marilyn Lohmann meteorologist with the National Weather Service says temperatures have dropped considerably, with many locations reporting overnight lows near or below the freezing point, and daytime high slightly below normal. And that’s a pattern she expects to continue in the coming weeks. “These cooler temperatures […]

Impact Of Summer Heat On Idaho Cattle Herd To Be Determined

The impact this summer’s record breaking heat had on the Idaho cattle herd is in some ways already evident, and in others to be determined. Cameron Mulroney, Executive Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association said producers across the state saw a very sizeable jump in their operation budget due to feed costs. He noted […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Near Average Nationwide

When looking at the pace of winter wheat plantings nationwide, USDA’s meteorologist Brad Rippey said while this year is close to average, numbers are still off last year’s pace. “In fact, identical.  80% is the planted number for October 24th.  That matches the five year average.  Four points behind last year, however.  84% on October […]