Expectations For Area Row Crops Mixed Into 2022

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series takes a look at row crops across the PNW. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12-month outlook projects that contract potato producers will be profitable. “Open potato returns are projected to be slightly profitable. The amount of uncontracted potatoes acres will likely decrease as […]

Perry: PNW Row Crops In Good Shape

As we start our third installment of our Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot Series, we turn our attention to local row crops. “Slightly profitable returns are expected for contract potato producers. Uncontracted potato producers will benefit from higher prices as modestly lower yields are realized,” said Bill Perry is Vice President at NWFCS. […]

NWFCS: 2021 Looks Good For NW Row Crops

As we continue our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we look at local row crops. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS said their 12 month outlook suggests slightly profitable returns for contract potato producers. “Favorable demand driven by the return of restaurant demand will provide tailwinds to producers and processors alike.” When […]

Waters: Veggie Growers Must Continue Active Scouting

Thanks to cooler temperatures, the disease pressure on vegetable growers across the Inland Northwest has been relatively light, but growers are reminded to continue to scout. Dr. Tim Waters with Washington State University said typically this time of year, potato growers need to worry about late blight, while onion growers need to keep an eye […]

NWFC Opportunities Exists For NW Row Crop Growers

As we wrap up our Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Commodity Snapshot Series, we look today at area row crops, onions and potatoes. Bill Perry NWFCS Vice President said their 12 month profitability outlook suggests breakeven onion returns. “Damage to the Texas onion crop during the February cold snap will shrink national onion supplies.  The northwest […]

Corn Growers Warned To Watch For Yellow Nutsedge

Dr. Tim Waters with Washington State University-Extension is warning row crop growers to be on the lookout for Yellow Nutsedge this season. He noted they’ve already seen a lot of this difficult weed across the Columbia Basin. “One of the places in the rotation where you can do a better job of controlling it is […]

OSU Conducting Chlorpyrifos Alternatives Survey

Researchers at Oregon State University are working to identify alternatives to chlorpyrifos that will work on a variety of commodities. To do that, research has put together a survey to help identify critical issues surrounding Chlorpyrifos, which has been used in Oregon since the mid-1960s, but is on its way out. OSU Project Leader Silvia […]

Northwest Vegetable Production Mixed In 2020

Vegetable production across the Northwest was a mixed bag last year. According to NASS, onion production in Idaho were valued at $68.3 million, up 4% from 2019. Oregon onions had a total value of utilized production of $119 million, up 9% year over year. Meanwhile Washington onions were valued at $136 million, down 25% from […]

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 […]