PNW Wheat Stocks Drop 43% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks dropped 43% from December 1st, 2020, to December 1st, 2021. Wheat stocks in Washington totaled 82.6 million bushels, down from 147 million bushels in storage a year earlier. Off-farm stocks were down 44%, while on-farm stocks were down 38% compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored in […]

Don’t Call It A Comeback

When the USDA released its January crop production report, one of the statistics that made USDA Chief Economist Seth Meyer sit up and take note, was the large increase in planted winter wheat acres. “Second year in a row that we’ve seen increasing wheat acres over a long-term decline.  Have we broken that long-term decline?  […]

USDA: Adjustment Will Help Millions Of School Children Nationwide

Thanks to an adjustment in school meal reimbursements, district across the U.S. are receiving more money to runs their 2022 school meal programs. “There was an annual adjustment that typically occurs in the reimbursement rates,” said USDA Nutrition Service Administrator Cindy Long. “But the thing that was a little different about it this year is […]

Wheat Seeding Up Across the PNW

According to NASS, wheat plantings increased 3% across the Pacific Northwest this year, while acres planted nationwide increased 2%. Idaho growers planted 760,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2022 crop, up 7% from 2021, and 6% above the 2020 crop. Oregon farmers increased their winter wheat acreage by 1% to 730,000 acres for the […]

USDA to Invest up to $225 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation

USDA announced Thursday up to $225 million in available funding for conservation partners through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The program is partner-driven and leverages collective resources to find solutions to address natural resource challenges on agricultural land. This year’s funding announcements include opportunities for projects that address climate change, benefit historically underserved producers and […]

Ag Community Continues Look at Using Biologicals for Pest Control

Development continues for a variety of biological controls for crop pests and disease utilizing living organisms; part of evolving innovations in agriculture. “Products use beneficial bacteria to control disease in primarily vegetable crops,” noted Jason Ward of Novozymes. In terms of how this bacteria combination controls disease: “First they do it by populating the leaf […]

USDA Invests $9M to Expand Climate-Smart Efforts

On Wednesday, the USDA announced a $9 million investment in new Cooperative Extension and USDA Climate Hubs partnerships. The investment seeks to bolster climate research and connect and share climate-smart solutions directly with the agricultural community.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the partnerships “will strengthen climate research efforts and accelerate the development, adoption and application […]

Biden, Vilsack Reassure Farm Bureau Members

President Biden and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack are trying to reassure American Farm Bureau members that the administration has their back. During a short video at this week’s annual meeting in Atlanta, President Biden assured the mostly Republican-leaning members that America needs farmers “three times a day.” Biden also pointed out that farmers deserve affordable […]

Trade Update Shows Rising U.S. Export

On the trade front, the USDA is out with the latest numbers for the first eleven months of calendar year 2021. “Agricultural exports through November of 2021 were $160.6 billion; a 20% increase from 2020,” noted USDA economist, Bart Kenner, adding for the first eleven months of last year, wheat exports were running 16% ahead […]

Rippey: Drought Situation Nationwide Improves

A slight improvement, month over month, is the U.S. drought monitor. “It’s not quite as dark reds and browns on the drought monitor map.  Meaning that we continue to see western drought; there has been an improvement in the overall drought situation,” noted USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, when checking the latest drought numbers which included […]