Wheat Conditions Struggling Nationwide

Nationally, wheat futures have rallied this week, primarily because of the wheat conditions across the Midwest. USDA Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said for example in Texas only 28% of its wheat crop is rated good to excellent shape. “But it’s still a little bit too early at this point to make any real assessment […]

NW Potato Stocks Hit 135M CWT To Start February

According to NASS, potato stocks across the Northwest hit 135.7 million hundredweight on February 1st. Potato stocks in Idaho to start the month hit 75.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 59.8 million cwt. Meanwhile, Oregon’s stock totaled 15.2 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 11.8 million cwt. In Washington, February […]

USDA Looking At AFBF Recommendations

USDA’s NASS has responded for the most part positively to suggestions from the American Farm Bureau Federation how to improve the way reports are compiled. Gary Crawford has more. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

Northwest, U.S. Cattle Inventory Down Slightly

Latest numbers from NASS show the cattle inventory dropped slightly, both regionally and nationally. A report on U.S. cattle inventory shows 93.6 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of January 1st, slightly below the 93.8 million last year. Of the 93.6 million head inventory, all cows and heifers that have calved […]

AFBF: We Involved All Of Ag In NASS Recommendations

As we told you earlier this week, a Farm Bureau Working Group recently suggested ways NASS can quickly and accurately collect data. With the significant weather events over the last few years, NASS has made large changes to crop estimates, causing wild swings in the market. AFBF Economist Shelby Myers says this led to farmers […]

Family-owned Farms Account for 96% of U.S. Farms

According to numbers released by NASS, family farms comprise 96% of all U.S. farms and 82% of the value of all agricultural products sold. Those numbers come from the recently released the data in the 2017 Census of Agriculture Farm Typology report. The report focuses on the family farm, defined as any farm where the […]

Farm Bureau Report Recommends Improvements at NASS

A new Report from the American Farm Bureau lays out several recommendations to improve the way the National Agricultural Statistics Service collects surveys and reports data. It also gives recommendations to improve accuracy and farmer confidence in the survey results. The NASS Working Group made up of 10 farmer-members, spent over four months looking at […]

NASS: All Wheat Stocks Stored in NW Up 9% From 2019 Figures

According to the 2020 numbers released by NASS, all wheat stocks in storage across the Northwest were up 9% year over year. As of December 1st, 84.7 million bushels of wheat was being stored in Idaho, up from 77.9 million bushels a year earlier.  Off-farm stocks were up 19%, while on-farm stocks were down 3% […]

2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey Underway

Data collection is underway for the 2020 Local Food Marketing Practices Survey. NASS’ Adam Cline said they are mailing survey codes to thousands of producers across the country trying to expand on the data collected during the 2017 Census of Agriculture. “The Census of Agriculture always does a great job of providing high-level data on […]