Muir: Idaho Potato Growers Still Trying To Adapt To The New Normal

While much of the attention of the 2021 growing season has been on the drought and record heat of this summer, the Idaho Potato Commission is still trying to adjust to the problems left behind by 2020. Frank Muir, Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Commission said while some progress is being made to regain […]

Voigt: Impact Of Extreme Heat on 2021 Crop Still Unknown

The heat of the summer, at least the most extreme temperatures, may be weeks behind us, but its impact on the Washington potato crop remains up in the air. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission said while he expects the heat will negatively impact yields, other impacts remain unknown. “It can […]

Crowder Highlights How DAS Can Trim Production Costs

In an effort to help tree fruit growers save on their operating costs, 15 years ago Washington state University rolled out the Decision Aid System. And in that time, the digital Ag tool has become a platform for tree fruit growers, and now potato growers, to stay up to date on real-time weather, disease pressures […]

Groups Want Biden to Restart Trade Talks with China

Some of the most influential business groups in America want the White House to restart trade talks with China. According to the New York Times the groups also want tariffs cut on goods imported from China. Those duties have been in place since the beginning of a trade war between the two nations. The groups […]

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 […]