Rippey: Planting Is Outpacing Emergence

When it comes to next year’s winter wheat crop, the USDA says planting is complete in most areas with the exception of areas that are traditionally planted later, such as some stretches of the Northwest. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 93% of winter wheat is in the ground nationally, slightly higher than the five-year […]

Cold Weather Hits The Northwest

The old springtime saying in the Northwest is, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change. Well, that apparently works for the fall of 2020. National Weather Service meteorologist Marilyn Lohman said temperatures were up in the upper 60s and even low 70s a week ago, and then very cold […]

CME Launches First Ever Water Futures

On September 17th, CME Group and Nasdaq announced plans to launch the first-ever water futures contract based on the Nasdaq Veles California Water Index. Farmers and ranchers know the importance of keeping an eye on grain and livestock futures markets. And, water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century. […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Ahead Of 2019 Numbers

“The thing to note is that several states across the plains and the Northwest still dealing with the impact of drought,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “So we see in those states, ahead of average planting progress, but below average emergence which is suggestive of not only the drought but the more recent cold weather. […]

Driest Fields Reported In Western U.S.

When taking a look at the latest picture of pasture and rangeland conditions nationwide, USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey said fields continue to dry out. “Conditions across the country relatively steady as we head toward the end of the season. 43% of the pasture and rangeland rated very poor to poor, 20% good to excellent, and […]

Could We See Record Acreage Burned In 2020?

The year 2020 will be one to remember for a variety of reasons, so good, some not so good. This year could go down in the not-so-good category,  when looking at the number of acres burned this wildfire season. “Only twice in modern history have we seen ten million acres burned nationally,” noted USDA meteorologist […]

Northwest Expected To See Drought Relief This Winter

As the United States migrates toward winter weather, drought will remain a problem. In fact, according to Mike Halpert, with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the U.S. is experiencing the most widespread drought, across the continental U.S. since September 2013. He added right now 47% of the country is in some sort of drought. “And the […]

WSU Forest Field Day Looks To Address Forest Management, Forest Health

With one of the most active wildfires seasons up and down the West Coast as the back drop, Washington State University will host its Forestry Field Day this Saturday. But, like everything else in a COVID world, this weekend’s event will be on-line. WSU Extension Forester Brendan Whyte said they will push landowners this weekend […]

Wet Weather Expected Starting Thursday

Temperatures have been very warm across the Northwest. In fact many regions have reported daytime highs anywhere between 10-15 degrees above average for this time of year. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said this late summer blast is thanks to High Pressure which has been parked over the western U.S. for several […]

2019/2020 Water Year Very Dry For Central Washington

The new water year started Thursday October 1st, and for many across central Washington, the hope is this water year will be better than the last. Marilyn Lohammn meteorologist with the National Weather Service said while the past 12 months were dry for many in the Northwest, it was extremely dry for those living just […]