Idaho Snowpack Looks Good For Mid-January

A series of wet storms over the past month have greatly improved the snowpack in the Gem state. Corey Loveland with NRCS-Idaho said the numbers are looking really good statewide right now. “All of the basins are near to above normal.  The highlights right now and both the Little Wood and the Raft River basins, […]

Oregon Snowpack Shows Impressive Month Over Month Improvement

What a difference a month can make. In early December, snowpacks across the state of Oregon were very low, causing some to worry about the upcoming irrigation season. But, according to Scott Oviatt with NRCS Oregon, a series of storms move in statewide from mid-December through early January dumping a lot of snow. He noted […]

PNW Remains Very Dry

It may be winter, but the Pacific Northwest is still dealing with serious drought conditions. According to the latest drought monitor numbers published late last week, nearly 19% of Oregon is under a D-4, or Exceptional Drought. Meanwhile over 63% is under a D-3, or Extreme Drought. While those numbers are week-over-week improvements, it shows […]

Despite Heat, Drought, 2021 A Good Year For Idaho Sugar Beet Growers

The summer was one for the record book here in the Pacific Northwest. But despite unprecedented heat and drought, one industry that fared very well was sugar beets. Brad Griff, Executive Director of the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, says he was pleasantly surprised how well the beets weathered everything 2021 threw their way. “We […]

USDA Invests $21M To Improve Drought Resilience

In an effort to help farmers and ranchers conserve water and build drought resilience in their communities, the USDA in investing $21 million on a variety of projects across the Pacific Northwest. The effort is part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) collaboration with the Department of Interior’s (DOI) WaterSMART Initiative. According to USDA, these […]

Reclamation To Kick Off Flip Flop Next Month

Early next month, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin its annual “flip-flop” operation. The effort it intended to aid in successful spawning and incubation of chinook salmon eggs and to improve winter reservoir storage in the Yakima basin. This means flows out of Keechelus and Cle Elum reservoirs in the upper Yakima River basin will […]

Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation To Turn Off Water In Early September

The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District says Saturday, September 4th, will be the last day ditch rides this season. Weekend canal surveillance will continue with supervisory personnel. After September 4th, no water changes will be made on Saturday or Sunday unless it is an emergency. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, […]

Griff: 2021 Sugar Beet Crop Looks Good

Despite record heat and drought, it looks like 2021 will be a fairly good year for sugar beet growers in Idaho. According to Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association Executive director, Brad Griff, the crop is on track for a good year with two months to go before harvest. “We’re on pace for a decent year. […]

Law Enforcement Reminding Everyone Of The Dangers Of Irrigation Canals Ponds

Now that we’re in the dog days of summer, it may be tempting for those on the farm, or near a farm to cool off in irrigation water. But local law enforcement is reminding you of the dangers of irrigation water. Investigators say a 44-year-old man died Sunday after he drowned in an irrigation canal […]

Olsen: Irrigators Directly Impacted By Snake River Dam EIS

Federal defendants in the litigation on biological opinion for salmon and steelhead final environmental impact statement are seeking to dismiss irrigators’ claim. Columbia Snake River Irrigation Association Representative Darryl Olsen said the defendants are claiming the irrigators wouldn’t be harmed by anything in the environmental impact statement. “That is blatantly false. The environmental impact statement reviews alternative that looks at for dam […]