NWFCS Expects Profits for Wheat Growers, Forest Products

Continuing with our six part series focused on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly Market Snapshots, we look at wheat, forest products as well as hay. Starting off with wheat, Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS says the outlook calls for slightly profitable returns for growers. “The USDA’s projected 2020-21 season average farm price for all-wheat […]

NW 2020 Wheat Plantings & Hay Harvest Up

Northwest growers plated more wheat in 2020. All wheat planted in Idaho totaled 1.24 million acres last year, up 4% from 2019. Harvested acres hit 1.16 million, up 3% from the previous year. All wheat production totaled 113 million bushels, up 14% year over year. Yield is estimated at 96.7 bushels per acre, up 8.9 […]

NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Wheat Growers, Mixed Bag For Hay Growers

As we wrap up our weeklong look at Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly commodity snapshot, we take a look at wheat and hay. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said their 12-month outlook calls for slightly profitable returns for wheat growers. “The USDA’s projected 2020-21 season average farm price for all-wheat is […]

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 […]

WSU And USDA Identify Markers Boosting Hay Quality

A joint research effort between Washington State University and USDA, as well as others, has identified ten genetic markers that point to a possible boost in alfalfa hay quality. WSU’s Regional Forage Specialist Steve Nordberg, said there’s several areas of possible improvement for alfalfa hay quality, but fiber is their main focus. “The first research area […]

Changes Reported In Top Oregon Commodities

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is out with the top commodities of 2019 and there was a bit of a shakeup. The top commodity grown in Oregon remained Greenhouse and Nursery last year, accounting for nearly $1 billion. Hay moved in as the new #2 commodity, accounting for over $674-million last year. Dropping to 3rd […]

EES Looking To Help Livestock Impacted By Wildfire

It’s not just humans that have been impacted by wildfires burning up and down the West Coast. Thousands of horses and cows have little to nothing to eat in North Central Washington, thanks primarily to the Cold Springs Fire. The Emergency Equipment Solutions, a non-profit organization, is taking donations to help the NCW ranching community. […]

NASS: Winter Wheat, Potato Plantings Down Across the Northwest

The USDA acreage report released Tuesday revealed a mixed bag for the northwest. When it comes to winter wheat an estimated 720,000 acres were planted in Idaho, down 10,000 acres from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 670,000 acres, down 1% from 2019. Winter wheat acres planted in Washington came in at an estimated […]

Northwest Hay Stocks Jump

As of May 1st, hay stocks across the Northwest were 22% higher compared to 2019 numbers. According to NASS, on-farm hay stocks in Washington totaled 160,000 tons, down 45% year-over-year. May 1st stocks represent 7% of 2019 production. Disappearance from December 1st, 2019 was down 890,000 tons. Oregon’s on-farm hay stocks totaled 400,000 tons, up […]

Perry: Hay Will Enjoy Profits, While Wheat Looks To Breakeven

As we continue with our six part quarterly commodity snapshot, we look today at hay and wheat. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services started out focused on hay. “Northwest FCS’ 12-month outlook suggests alfalfa profitability will moderate as producers intend to plant more acres in 2020. Large inventory of mid-grade timothy continues […]