Oil Prices Move Higher As Investors Feel More Confident

Uncertainty has been the name of the game for 2020, and that’s pushed oil prices lower. But the future has become a little more certain over the past couple of weeks with the Presidential election done, and the hope of a COVID-19 vaccination on the horizon. Now, many investors are feeling better about what tomorrow […]

While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

NW Growers Perform Well In National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation’s is out with the winners of the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest, and the Northwest faired very well this year. This year’s Bin Buster winners include winners from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NAWG said their Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across […]

Despite Good News Virus Still Weighs On Oil Prices

Thanks to a variety of uncertainties over the past couple of months, the coronavirus continues to dominate fuel and oil price news. In Monday’s trade, West Texas Crude was trading slightly above $41 per barrel, virtually the same price we’ve seen for weeks. Daniel Yergin, HIS Market Vice Chairman recently told Fox Business News that […]

Rippey: Planting Is Outpacing Emergence

When it comes to next year’s winter wheat crop, the USDA says planting is complete in most areas with the exception of areas that are traditionally planted later, such as some stretches of the Northwest. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 93% of winter wheat is in the ground nationally, slightly higher than the five-year […]

Wildlife Groups To Challenge Recent Gray Wolf Decision

Wildlife advocates and environmental groups have announced that they are challenging the removal of federal protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. Two coalitions filed formal notices over the past several days that they plan to sue the U.S. Interior Department in federal court unless protections are restored. The notices are required as […]

Canola Acreage Increasing Across the PNW

Canola acreage increased in all four states across the Northwest this year, led by a 24% increase in Washington. Karen Sowers, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said as a rotational crop, canola has a couple of unique benefits. “Increased yield of the following wheat crop or barley crop, whichever you’re growing in […]

Oil Prices Hold While Diesel Prices Move Higher

A little bit of certainty encouraging oil investors to start the workweek. Monday’s trade saw West Texas Crude above $40 per barrel for the first time since mid-October. Investors are reportedly feeling a little better now knowing who will most likely occupy the White House over the next four years. And Pfizer’s announcement of successes […]

EFRP Grants Available For Oregon Forest Landowners Hit By Wildfire

Private forest landowners across Oregon hit hard by wildfires have until the end of the year to submit applications to the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.  EFRP provides grant payments to owners of nonindustrial private forest, NIPF, enabling them to carry out emergency measures to restore land damaged by a natural disaster. “It is important that […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Ahead Of 2019 Numbers

“The thing to note is that several states across the plains and the Northwest still dealing with the impact of drought,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “So we see in those states, ahead of average planting progress, but below average emergence which is suggestive of not only the drought but the more recent cold weather. […]