Expectations For Area Row Crops Mixed Into 2022

Today’s Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series takes a look at row crops across the PNW. Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS, said their 12-month outlook projects that contract potato producers will be profitable. “Open potato returns are projected to be slightly profitable. The amount of uncontracted potatoes acres will likely decrease as […]

Corteva Agriscience Leveraging Mobile Robots to Walk Row Crops

Corteva Agriscience is working to take agricultural robotics to new heights using a Spot robot from Boston Dynamics. The company is among the first in agriculture to use this platform to ‘walk’ between rows of corn, sunflowers and other crops. Company officials say the robot has potential applications in field testing of both new seed […]

Natural Gas Proposal Worries Washington Ag Community

Many in the agriculture community are concerned the long-term impacts legislation currently making its way through the state House could have on farm country across Washington. House Bill 1084 looks to prohibit any new construction in the state from including natural gas or propane as a form of electricity or heat, as well as require […]

Precision Ag Showing Growth In Special Crops

Precision Agriculture has made some of its greatest improvements and strides in the row-crop realm. Yet there are advances notable in specialty crop farming as well; such as what is dubbed as an intelligent pesticide sprayer system. “We use a high-speed laser scanning sensor to see, plan, to measure plant size, shape, and leaf density. […]

Row Crop Producers Push Prices Received Up In August

According to the USDA’s latest Agricultural Prices Report, farmers nationwide received more for their commodities in August. As Rod Bain points out the 1% month-over-month increase came primarily from a rise in the crop production price index. If you have a story idea for the PNW Ag Network, call (509) 547-1618, or e-mail [email protected]

December Monthly Crop Report Expected To Be Quiet

December is typically one of the quieter months when it comes to the USDA’s monthly crop production reports, and world agriculture supply and demand estimates.   “We don’t get any new information from NASS regarding acreage or yields so we’re not expecting anything to change on the production side for U.S. agriculture,” said acting World […]