NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Local Row Crops In 2021

As out quarterly Market Snapshot series continues, we take a look at Northwest row crops. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said when it comes to onions, the forecast calls for break-even returns over the next 12 months. “Supply and demand indicate prices could increase, yet producers are sensitive to continued COVID-19 […]

Idaho Specialty Crop Program Offers Nearly $2M Statewide

The Idaho state Department of Agriculture’s annual specialty crop block grant program was much more popular in 2020 compared to just a year earlier. ISDA said 17 different projects were awarded $1.8 million, specifically to help specialty crop growers across the state. The funds from the specialty crop block grant program will be used to […]

Perry: Row Crops Look To Enjoy Profits Despite COVID-19 Disruptions

Day Four of our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot, and area row crops take center stage.  Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said the 12-month outlook suggests break-even to slightly profitable onion returns. “Onion size and quality are favorable. Yet, producer returns remain sensitive to restaurants reopening.” When it comes to potatoes, Perry […]

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 […]

NWFCS Anticipates Breakeven For Onion, Slight Profits For Spuds

As we continue our six part quarterly commodity snapshot series, we look at area row crops. Bill Perry Vice President of Lending and Insurance at Northwest Farm Credit Services said the expectation for onions is below breakeven prices. “COVID-19 fears and onion quality issues are negatively impacting current prices. However, the 2020 crop is being […]

Beef Producers, 2nd Harvest Work To Help Hungry Central Washington Families

Despite cold temperatures and a light drizzle, Tuesday was a busy day in Toppenish.  The Washington state Beef Commission and 2nd Harvest teamed up to offer Mobile Markets to provide beef as well as other fresh food to some of the lower Yakima Valley’s most vulnerable.  Agri Beef’s Brenda Metzgar said they enjoy the opportunity […]

WSU, WSDA Asking Producers To Participate In Soil Survey

Washington State University and the state Department of Agriculture are conducting a survey focused on soil health, but they need your help.  WSU and WSDA are working together to develop a soil health index.  The project will use in-field measurements and soil samples to analyze overall soil health, as well a background on practices that […]

Leafminers, Rain Showers Big Issues For Onion Growers This Time Of Year

As onion harvest continues across the Inland Northwest, Washington State University is reminding growers to keep their eye to the field and to the sky.  WSU’s Tim Waters said when it comes to over winter onions, it’s important that growers watch out for leafminers.   “We have the American Serpentine leafminer that can cause problems […]

Despite Spring Weather NWFCS Expecting Profitable Year For Local Row Crops

As we start our five-part series, taking a look at Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Snapshot, we kick things off with row crops.  Bill Perry, EVP of Lending and Insurance with NWFCS, says they’re forecast calls for moderate profitability for onion producers.   “Yields in Washington and Idaho’s Treasure Valley are expected to be down […]

NOA Receives $4M Grant To Combat Bacterial Disease

On Wednesday, the National Onion Association announced it had been awarded $4 million from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative to combat bacterial disease.  NOA’s Rene Hardwick said the funds will  be used to help 24 researchers in 12 different states, in an effort to stop rot, which she pointed out can hit onions in […]