Traceability A Priority For New Idaho State Vet

The new Idaho state Veterinarian is not a new name to the farming community in the Gem State. Dr. Scott Leibsle started with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture in 2011, and was promoted to the top vet spot on January 1st of this year. A 3rd generation large animal vet from the Midwest, Leibsle […]

NW Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 10% From May

According to NASS, the expected winter wheat crops is slightly smaller than predicted just a month ago. As of June 1st, Idaho’s winter wheat production is forecast at 59.2 million bushels, down 11% from last year. Harvested area, at 680,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to average 87.0 bushels per […]

Hop Acreage Continues To Increase Across The Northwest

Hop acreage continues to increase across the Northwest. According to NASS, 60,735 hop acres were strung for harvest this year in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That represents a 4% year over year increase for the region. Washington account for 43,380 acres for harvest, 71% of the total U.S. acreage. In Idaho, 9,784 acres were strung […]

U.S. Dairy Industry’s Economic Impact Totals $753 Billion

The U.S. dairy industry continues to play a strong role in the U.S., supporting 3.3 million total jobs and $41.6 billion in direct wages. The International Dairy Foods Association released the findings in an economic impact report this week. IDFA’s 2021 Economic Impact Study, which measures the combined impact of the dairy products industry, says […]

2021: Marks Second Year Of Bad Precipitation Levels

Unfortunately, for western growers, 2021 marks the second poor year in a row of poor precipitation numbers. “And that goes for about everything except the northern tier of the western US. So everything really from Oregon and California, eastward through Wyoming and southwards of the southern Rockies,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Now much of […]

NW Winter Wheat Off 14% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, winter wheat production across the Northwest dropped 14% from 2020 to this year. As of May 1st, the production forecast for Idaho sits at 64.6 million bushels, down 3% year-over-year. Yield is expected to average 95.0 bushels per acre, down six bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 730,000 acres in […]

NW Hay Stocks Down 12% From Last Year

According to the latest numbers from NASS, on farm hay stocks fell 12% year-over-year across the Northwest. As of May 1st, 2021, on farm hay stocks in Idaho totaled 410,000 tons, down 16% from 2020 numbers. Those numbers represent 8% of 2020 production. Meanwhile disappearance from December 1st, 2020 was 2.1 million tons. On farm […]

Oregon Seed Dealer, Owner and ODA Agree Over Seed Investigation

The Oregon Department of Agriculture, Dynamic Seed Source, LLC, and Dynamic’s owner, Trevor Abbott, have settled allegations of violation of the state’s Seed Law. According to ODA, an investigation found Abbott and Dynamic Seed at least 161 seed lots as Kentucky 31, resulting in 207 violations. In Oregon, a single lot of grass seed can […]