Oregon State University Looking for Grape Pest Feedback

Oregon State University Extension wants to hear from grape growers across the Pacific Northwest regarding pest management efforts. The study looks to better understand regional communication and group cooperation among growers in the three states. There are two separate surveys, which OSU official says should take about 35 minutes all together. The First Survey takes […]

NW Sugarbeet Production Expected To Be Higher, While Dry Pea Expected To Be Lower

Production expectations for several key commodities across the northwest are out as we quickly approach harvest. According to NASS, Idaho sugarbeet production is forecast at 6.99 million tons, up 2% from 2020 production. Harvested area, at 170,000 acres, is up 1,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to be 41.1 tons per acre, up 0.7 […]

Bentz Offers Amendments To Benefit Oregon Natural Resources

During Thursday’s House Natural Resources Committee markup meeting for a roughly $31.7 billion portion of President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget resolution, eastern Oregon’s Cliff Bentz offered a trio of amendment he said will benefit rural communities across the Beaver state. Bentz said the three amendments refocus federal priorities and move funding from President Biden’s “liberal […]

Fresh Pear Crop Estimate Tops 16M Boxes

Pear Bureau Northwest is out with the first official estimate of the 2021-22 fresh pear crop for Washington and Oregon. The Bureau estimates this year’s crop at 16.1 million standard boxes, which is close to the four year average. Harvest for summer varieties like Starkrimson and Bartletts started in early August across the Northwest. Growers […]

PNW Cropland Rent Moves Higher, Pasture Rates Mixed

According to NASS, the cropland rental rates in all three Northwest states increased year over year. Cash rent expense for all cropland in Idaho this year came in at an estimated $180 per acre, up $9 per acre from last year. Irrigated cropland is estimated at $236 per acre, up $11  acre from 2020. Non-irrigated […]

Tri-Cities Wine Festival Calls It Quits

After taking place for more than 40 years, the Tri-Cities Wine Festival announced the discontinuation of the event. In years past, the annual event has attracted thousands of attendees, including representatives form the wine industry in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and even portions of British Columbia. What would have been the 42nd festival in 2020 […]

Western House Members Ask for FEMA Disaster Declaration

After record heat and wildfires devastated many portions of the west, several members of Congress have asked President Biden to declare a drought disaster. Democrats Joe Neguse of Colorado and Jared Huffman of California, whose districts have been hit hard by drought and wildfires, joined 31 other lawmakers in the House asking the president and […]

Newhouse, Thompson Ask For USDA Support Against LCD

Last week, Dan Newhouse, Chair of the Congressional Western Caucus, and G.T Thompson, House Ag Committee Republican Leader, wrote a letter to USDA concerning the spread of Little Cherry Disease and its impact on the sweet cherry industry across the U.S. The letter addressed to USDA Administrator Kevin Shea said, in part, “Over the last […]

PNW Pasture Conditions Struggling In Heat

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, said much like the small grains, pasture and rangeland across the region have been hit hard by the drought and hot temperatures. “Generally speaking we continue to see deterioration across the Northwestern part of the country. And rather good conditions in pastures for this time of year as you head to […]