Stagnate Air Expected To Be Dominate Weather Pattern Over Next Couple of Weeks

Much of the region has seen very still conditions over the past week-plus. And while windy conditions this time of year can trigger wind chill concerns, no wind means air stagnation, foggy conditions, and for some locations freezing fog. Not only does the fog limit visibility and create dangerous driving conditions, it limits the kind […]

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 […]

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 […]

ISGA Expands, Changes Name

The Idaho Sugarbeet Growers Association is no more. The organization announced Tuesday is has expanded membership to the west now including Oregon and Washington growers. And with that expansion comes a new name, Snake River Sugarbeet Association, which represents 700 growers across the PNW on a combined 180,000 acres, accounting for nearly seven million tons […]

IFC Acquires Chelan Fruit

Washington-based Chelan Fruit Cooperative has been acquired by International Farming. The news comes just after grower, packer and shipper of apples, cherries and pears celebrated its 100th anniversary as a grower-owned cooperative. The vertically integrated tree fruit producer currently includes 1,100 acres of apple and cherry orchards and state-of-the-art packing facilities, controlled atmosphere and storage […]

NW Hop Production Jumps Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, hop production across the Pacific Northwest is up 11% from 2020 numbers. Washington once again led the region, producing 73% of the hop crop in the U.S. Idaho announced for 16% of American hop production, while Oregon was responsible for 11%. Production for the three states totaled 116 million pounds this year, […]

NW Potato Stocks Hit 165 Million CWT On December 1st

According to NASS, Potato stocks across the Pacific Northwest totaled 165 million cwt on December 1st. As of the first of this month, potato stocks in Idaho totaled 92.5 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 39.6 million cwt. Potato stocks in Oregon totaled 20.0 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 5.5 […]

Washington DNR To Convert Old School Into Wildfire Center

Earlier this week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources announced plans to purchase the former Dallesport Elementary School to create a new regional wildfire response center in the Columbia River Gorge. The Klickitat County school closed in 2016 due to decreasing enrollment across the Lyle School District. DNR will purchase the building and the […]

Rippey: Winter Wheat Crop Looks Similar To 2020

When it comes to the latest winter wheat conditions across the country, USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey said there is reason to pause. “This is probably the most concerning chart of the week, showing 44% of the crop rated as good to excellent, that is down 2% from a week ago,” Rippey noted. “22% very poor […]