Ag Economist Concerned Drought May Already Be Impacting 2022

The drought is negatively impacting commodities across the Pacific Northwest, and the western U.S., making 2021 a less than average year for many producers. But one regional Ag economist is concerned additional challenges lie ahead. The University of Idaho’s Garth Taylor said this year’s drought is very frustrating for farm country, since the winter produced […]

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 […]

WSU Potato Field Day Set For June 24th

As the farming community continues the slow trek toward normalcy, the row crop sector will take a noticeable step Thursday June 24th, as Washington State University hosts their Potato Field Day in Othello. WSU’s Dr. Tim Waters said this year’s Field Day will not be like those from the past. This year’s event will be […]

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 […]

Bourne: Ceres Allows Farmers To See The Whole Picture

With 2021 shaping up to be a dry year, farmers across the Northwest are looking for ways to save and conserve water. John Bourne, Vice President of Marketing at Ceres said their technology allows farmers to ensure their water is used efficiently, thus saving the precious resource while improving the bottom line. Bourne said Ceres […]

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 […]

Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

NW Potato Stocks Just Under 88 Million CWT On April 1st

According to NASS, Northwest potato stocks as of April 1st hit 87.7 million CWT. In Idaho, that figure was 51.0 million CWT, with disappearance of the crop at 83.8 million CWT. In Washington, April 1st potato stocks totaled 31.0 million CWWT, while to date disappearance totaled 67.6 million CWT. In Oregon, potato stocks totaled 5.70 […]

NPC Concerned About the U.S./Mexico Trade Relationship

The National Potato Council and 26 other leading food and agricultural associations recently sent a letter to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack expressing concern over what they call the deterioration of the U.S.’s trade with Mexico. NPC Public Relations Director Mark Szymanski said potato growers have been denied market access, corn growers are having genetically modified crops […]

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 […]