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 […]

NW Winter Wheat Production Forecast Down 10% From May

According to NASS, the expected winter wheat crops is slightly smaller than predicted just a month ago. As of June 1st, Idaho’s winter wheat production is forecast at 59.2 million bushels, down 11% from last year. Harvested area, at 680,000 acres, is up 20,000 acres from 2020. Yield is expected to average 87.0 bushels per […]

Hop Acreage Continues To Increase Across The Northwest

Hop acreage continues to increase across the Northwest. According to NASS, 60,735 hop acres were strung for harvest this year in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That represents a 4% year over year increase for the region. Washington account for 43,380 acres for harvest, 71% of the total U.S. acreage. In Idaho, 9,784 acres were strung […]

U.S. Dairy Industry’s Economic Impact Totals $753 Billion

The U.S. dairy industry continues to play a strong role in the U.S., supporting 3.3 million total jobs and $41.6 billion in direct wages. The International Dairy Foods Association released the findings in an economic impact report this week. IDFA’s 2021 Economic Impact Study, which measures the combined impact of the dairy products industry, says […]

Feds Looking A Cutting Back on Salmon Fishing Along The West Coast

Federal officials have proposed curtailing nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast especially in challenging years in an effort to assist Northwest endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and recreational salmon fishing when Chinook salmon forecasts are especially low. The southern resident killer whales, […]

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 […]

Washington DNR Purchases Nearly 300 Acres In Wahkiakum County

Earlier this week, the Washington state Department of Natural Resources approved the purchase of 266 acres of forestland in Wahkiakum County. Of the six parcels, five will be managed to generate revenue for Wahkiakum County. The county, home to 4,000 residents, will receive an average of $1.8 million in nontax revenue each year from timber […]

Newhouse: Legislation Focuses On Making Water Infrastructure Improvements Easier, More Affordable

Earlier this month, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse, and California Representative John Garamendi introduced House Resolution 2979 which will amend the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014. Newhouse said the legislation will make public water projects eligible for low interest, long-term federal loans from the EPA. The chair of the House western Caucus pointed […]

NW Winter Wheat Off 14% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, winter wheat production across the Northwest dropped 14% from 2020 to this year. As of May 1st, the production forecast for Idaho sits at 64.6 million bushels, down 3% year-over-year. Yield is expected to average 95.0 bushels per acre, down six bushels from last year. Growers planted an estimated 730,000 acres in […]

NW Hay Stocks Down 12% From Last Year

According to the latest numbers from NASS, on farm hay stocks fell 12% year-over-year across the Northwest. As of May 1st, 2021, on farm hay stocks in Idaho totaled 410,000 tons, down 16% from 2020 numbers. Those numbers represent 8% of 2020 production. Meanwhile disappearance from December 1st, 2020 was 2.1 million tons. On farm […]