Kansas/Oklahoma Winter Wheat Tour Finding Lower Yields

Last week, scouts on the Wheat Quality Council’s 2022 winter wheat tour traveled from Colby to Wichita, Kansas, stopping in wheat fields along six different routes. The scouts surveyed 254 wheat fields throughout western, central, and southern Kansas and northern counties in Oklahoma. The wheat in Southwest Kansas looks rough because of drought, and South […]

U.S. Wheat Prices to Keep Climbing, USDA Says

USDA is forecasting production of all wheat for this upcoming marketing year to be up from this past season but only by 83 million bushels, at a bit over 1.7 billion. Wheat growers planted almost 47.5 million acres, but the Midwest drought has been relentless, and USDA now projects growers will only get a crop […]

Spring Wheat Plantings Off Nationally

Spring wheat plantings remain significantly behind schedule nationwide. According to USDA, roughly 39% of this year’s crop was in the ground on Sunday [May 15th], well off the five-year-average of 67%. Brad Rippey meteorologist with the USDA said amid the drought last year, 83% of the spring wheat crop had been planted by this week […]

Expert Does Not Believe Oregon Soil Moisture Levels Will Improve

Despite cool wet weather through mid and late April into early May, several portions of Oregon continue to struggle with drought. State Climatologist Larry O’Neill said western Oregon, specifically the Willamette is fairing very well, as are portions of SW Oregon. But the rest of the state is not fairing as well. “On the other […]

Unsettled Weather Expected To Continue, But Not For Much Longer

After a dry, quiet, and even boring winter, Mother Nature has kept the Pacific Northwest on its toes over the past month with a series of storms brining everything from wind to rain to even late season snow. But it looks like that active weather pattern will start to quiet down. “We’re slowly seeing the […]

Winter Wheat Crop Looks Bad Nationwide As Discussions Of Abandonment Increase

The condition of the national winter wheat crop continues to drop. “[Nationally] 27% good to excellent, 41% very poor to poor,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. “A week ago we were sitting at 29% and 39% respectively.” Rippey noted over the past week, winter wheat conditions improved slightly in Montana and Colorado, but many of […]

Pasture & Rangeland Conditions Near Record Levels

It is the lowest US pasture and rangeland conditions in the 21st century. “This breaks the record that was set just last year.  And previously our lowest spring pattern rangeland conditions occurred in the wake of the great 2012 drought in the Spring of 2013.” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says that’s despite improvements in the […]

Brown Declares Drought In Four Oregon Counties

On Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought in Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties. The declaration directs state agencies to coordinate and prioritize assistance to the region. “Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties are facing historic challenges from drought conditions that are creating hardships for the people, farms, ranches, communities, and ecosystems of the […]

Cold PNW Weather Concerns USDA Officials

Since mid-April, the Pacific Northwest has experienced abnormally cold weather. “This is a continuation of a weather pattern that we saw developing during the month of April when it was quite chilly all the way from the Pacific Northwest into the Great Lakes region,” noted USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey. Multiple mornings it’s a frost and […]

Despite April Storms Oviatt Still Cautious About Oregon Snowpack

According to one expert, while the higher elevations of Oregon saw substantial snow over the past four weeks, the state is not out of the drought woods by any stretch of the imagination. Scott Oviatt with NRCS Oregon said snowpacks across the state have increased considerably from the numbers reported in early April. However, he […]