Drought Continues To Spread Across The Northwest

The Northwest continues to dry out. According to the latest numbers from the USDA, nearly 46% of the state of Washington is under a D2 designation, or Severe Drought. Meanwhile 23% of the state is under an Extreme Drought, D3 designation. In Oregon, nearly 37% is under an Extreme Drought, with 5% under a D4 […]

Spring Wheat Crop Struggling Nationwide

According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, the news about the Spring Wheat crop is not good nationwide. He noted 37% of the crop is rated good to excellent, 27% very poor to poor. “That’s a decline slightly from last week’s condition of 38% and 25% respectively and a dramatic drop from last year’s 81% good […]

Hot Temperatures Expected As Summer Starts This Weekend

After months of very dry, in some cases record dry conditions, spring looks to go out on an active and wet note. The Northwest has seen a dramatic increase in showers and thunderstorms over the past two weeks. Marilyn Lohmann, meteorologist for the National Weather Service said this weather is more similar to what we […]

Canola Growers Feeling The Impact Of Dry Spring

The dry spring has been challenging for a variety of producers, particularly canola growers. Karen Sowers with the Pacific Northwest Canola Association said winter canola is actually looking pretty good, including in Oregon’s Wilamette Valley. “Spring canola is all over the board from looking very good in the draws depending on seeding depth an date. They seem to make all […]

Drought Conditions Very Concerning For Northwest Wheat Growers

2021 is shaping up to be one of the driest years of recent, if not of a generation. Michelle Hennings, Executive Director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers said it is so dry already, that some are speculating this could be the worst drought reported in 100 years. Because of that, the wheat crop […]

Rippey: Drought Hurting Spring Wheat

The drought is taking a toll on the nation’s spring wheat crop. “Just 38% of the crop rated good to excellent. 25% rated very poor to poor that represents a decline from last week which was not a very good number 42% good to excellent 20% very poor to poor,” USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey noted […]

Western Drought Continues To Intensify

Despite an overall decline in drought conditions across the continental United States over the past month, drought conditions intensified across much of the west. “As we move in to the month of June we continue to see at least two thirds coverage of the two highest drought areas D3 to D4 or extreme to exceptional […]

National Pasture Conditions Improve, But Not In The Northwest

Pasture and rangeland conditions have improved across the central and southern Great Plains, thanks to abundant rainfall as of recent. “As of the 30th of May, we’re seeing the good to excellent rating 31% nationally That’s up 3% from last week, but we still see39% of the pastures and rangelands rated very poor to poor […]

Washington, Oregon Soils Dry; Idaho Soils OK

The latest soil moisture numbers from NASS show just how dry it is for much of the Northwest. According to figures from the week ending May 30th, 45% of Washington’s topsoil moisture is short, while 35% is very short. Only 19% is considered adequate for this time of year. In Oregon, 26% of the topsoil […]

2021: Marks Second Year Of Bad Precipitation Levels

Unfortunately, for western growers, 2021 marks the second poor year in a row of poor precipitation numbers. “And that goes for about everything except the northern tier of the western US. So everything really from Oregon and California, eastward through Wyoming and southwards of the southern Rockies,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Now much of […]