USDA: Emergency Procedures Will Help Producers With Crop Insurance Needs

According to the USDA, new emergency procedures in crop insurance flexibility will help producers in parts of the nation impacted by severe drought. Acting RMA Administrator, Richard Flournoy, said the emergency procedures authorize insurance companies to expedite the claims process: such as streamlining paperwork, and taking in considerations regarding the producer. “We’ve provided some guidance […]

Drought Continues To Intensify Across The Northwest

It’s been a constant theme for several months, but the Northwest continues to dry out. The latest numbers from the USDA show nearly 7% of Washington is under a D-4 or Exceptional Drought designation; the most severe ranking. Last week, none of Washington as under that designation. On top of that roughly 40% of the […]

Honig: Winter Wheat Crop Larger Than Expected

The USDA says the national winter wheat crop is bigger than many analyst expected. NASS’ Lance Honig said the USDA is booting its winter wheat yield forecast a little bit less than 1%. But he said compared to last year, yields are projected to increase by more than 5%. Production though, at 1.36 billion bushels […]

NW Winter Wheat Production Down 26%, Spring Wheat Off 29%

According to NASS, wheat production in the Northwest has taken a big hit from 2020 to this year. As of July 1st, winter wheat production in Idaho sits at 57.0 million bushels, down 4% from the June 1st forecast, and off 15% year over year. Harvested area, at 670,000 acres, is up 10,000 acres from […]

Perry: Drought Conditions Will Have A Big Impact On NW Wheat, Hay

As we continue with our Northwest Farm Credit Services quarterly commodity snapshot series, we turn our attention to wheat and hay. Credit Union Vice President Bill Perry said breakeven returns are anticipated for wheat producers. “Drought stunted winter wheat crops while extinguishing spring wheat. While some areas will have average winter wheat crops, other spring […]

Dry Weather Expected To Remain Across The West

USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says drought will continue to intensify up and down the West. “That only part of the West looking to get any meaningful precipitation in the next five to seven days will be parts of the Southwest and Southern Rockies. That will be in the form of monsoon related showers. Sometimes the […]

Rippey Looks At Progress Of U.S. Wheat Crop

As we move into mid-July, how’s the American wheat crop fairing? USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, recently took a look at how the winter crop is progressing. “It shows a somewhat disappointing crop in the North but overall pretty good conditions further South. And you’ve got winter wheat crop that finishes the year 47% good to excellent […]

Hot, Dry Weather Continues Into the Heart Of July

While the extreme hot weather the Northwest saw last week has moved out of the area, temperatures remain very warm for this time of year. Marilyn Lohman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said the extreme temperatures over the past ten days really did a number on soils across the Northwest. “Soil temperatures are in […]

Rippey: Spring, Winter Wheat Continue To Struggle Because of Drought

When it comes to the Spring Wheat crop, Brad Rippey says things really don’t look good right now. The USDA meteorologist said the very dire drought situation across the Northwest and the Northern plains is starting to have a big impacts. “And it’s coming at a time when the crop is heading out and attempting […]

Over 1,000 Counties Approved for Emergency Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres

More than 1,000 counties are eligible for emergency Conservation Reserve Program haying and grazing. The most recently published list of counties with permitted haying and grazing on CRP land, which was released Thursday 06/24/21, includes 1,021 counties, or 32% of counties nationwide. Primarily located in the West, 860 of those counties have been designated in […]