Taylor: Trade, Slaughter & Processing Facilities Priorities Heading Into 2022

The last two years for Oregon agriculture have been very challenging to say the least. In 2020, producers dealt with not only the worldwide pandemic that shutdown the supply chain, but also historic wildfires over the summer and Labor Day weekend. And in 2021, not only have the impacts of COVID-19 stuck around, but producers […]

Positive Outlook for Real Christmas Trees in 2021

Christmas tree growers are overcoming logistical challenges of COVID-19 and the heatwave that baked the Pacific Northwest this summer to provide enough trees for 2021 demand. After close evaluation and making tree-by-tree decisions, growers expect to supply the same overall number of real Christmas trees to the marketplace this season as they had planned before […]

Hop Stocks Increase Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, hop stocks as of September 1st, increased 2% over last year. The inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers earlier this month totaled 133 million pounds, up from the 130 million pounds reported on September 1st, 2020. Stocks held at dealer and grower locations on September 1st of this year […]

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 […]