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 […]

Griff: 2021 Sugar Beet Crop Looks Good

Despite record heat and drought, it looks like 2021 will be a fairly good year for sugar beet growers in Idaho. According to Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association Executive director, Brad Griff, the crop is on track for a good year with two months to go before harvest. “We’re on pace for a decent year. […]

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 […]

Sugar Beet Plantings Ahead Of Average Nationwide

Sugar beet planting nationwide is nearing completion, a little earlier than normal. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, 81% of the U.S. crop was planted by May 2nd, ahead of the five-year average of 51% and last year’s 47%. “We’re seeing planting approaching completion in Michigan 95% complete, and Idaho 93%. Then a big week […]

NWFCS: Profitability Expected For Timber, Sugar Beet Sectors

Today we start our seven part series taking a look at Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Quarterly Commodity Snapshots. And we start with forestry products and sugar beets. NWFCS Vice President Bill Perry said their 12 month outlook for the forest products industry expects profitable timberland operations and very profitable processing operations. “Mills have reached a […]

Idaho, Michigan Sugarbeet Plantings Ahead Of Average

When it comes to the 2021 sugarbeet crop, USDA metorologist Brad Rippey says plantings nationwide are off on the right foot. “We’re off to a pretty quick start especially in Michigan and Idaho. Overall, national progress 17% of the sugarbeets planted by April 11th. Five-year average is 7%, last year at this time 9%. Almost […]

Griff Highlights The Importance Of Advocacy Efforts During The Pandemic

The pandemic has made many aspects of life more challenging for the farming community, but advocacy does not have to be one of those. Brad Griff Executive Director of the Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association, said they were scheduled to meet up with fellow growers from across the country a few weeks ago to talk with […]

NWFCS Anticipates Profits For Local Row Crops In 2021

As out quarterly Market Snapshot series continues, we take a look at Northwest row crops. Bill Perry, Vice President at Northwest Farm Credit Services said when it comes to onions, the forecast calls for break-even returns over the next 12 months. “Supply and demand indicate prices could increase, yet producers are sensitive to continued COVID-19 […]

2020 A Good Year For Idaho Sugar Beet Growers

Despite the pandemic, 2020 was a good year for Idaho’s Sugar Beet industry. Brad Griff, Executive Director for the Idaho Sugar Beet Growers Association, said in terms of tons and sugar, it was the second biggest crop in company history. “The harvest was excellent. It was warm enough that the beets came out nice and […]