OSU Conducting Chlorpyrifos Alternatives Survey

Researchers at Oregon State University are working to identify alternatives to chlorpyrifos that will work on a variety of commodities. To do that, research has put together a survey to help identify critical issues surrounding Chlorpyrifos, which has been used in Oregon since the mid-1960s, but is on its way out. OSU Project Leader Silvia […]

The Number Of Farms Continues To Drop Nationally

The effect of the pandemic on the number and size of U.S. farms is unclear. But, according to Gary Crawford, we do know the number of farms nationwide declined last year. Here in the northwest, Washington loss 100 farms last year, while Oregon and Idaho showed no change. Meanwhile, Montana gained 100 farms in 2020. […]

Interior To Revisit Spotted Owl Decision

The U.S. Interior Department is delaying the Trump administration’s last-minute roll-back of federal protections for the northern spotted owl. On February 22nd, federal officials said the changes will be reviewed, delaying their effective date from March 16th to April 15th. Days before leaving office, the Trump administration published a final rule revising protections for the […]

Oregon Remains Dry As February Comes To An End

Despite several systems hitting the Northwest over the past couple of weeks, Oregon remains very dry. Roughly 87% of the state is Abnormally Dry for this time of year, while 51% is in a D-2, or Severe Drought, and 14% is in a D-3, Extreme Drought. Only 12% of the state is on par with […]

NW Potato Stocks Hit 135M CWT To Start February

According to NASS, potato stocks across the Northwest hit 135.7 million hundredweight on February 1st. Potato stocks in Idaho to start the month hit 75.0 million cwt. Disappearance of the Idaho crop to date was 59.8 million cwt. Meanwhile, Oregon’s stock totaled 15.2 million cwt. Disappearance to date was 11.8 million cwt. In Washington, February […]

Northwest Vegetable Production Mixed In 2020

Vegetable production across the Northwest was a mixed bag last year. According to NASS, onion production in Idaho were valued at $68.3 million, up 4% from 2019. Oregon onions had a total value of utilized production of $119 million, up 9% year over year. Meanwhile Washington onions were valued at $136 million, down 25% from […]

2020 Wildfires Wiped Out Half Of Northern California’s Grapes

Washington and Oregon’s wine grape industries suffered significant damage during wildfires that ripped through the region late last summer. But it wasn’t just the Northwest that reported huge losses. A new USDA report reveals wildfires in northern California wiped out almost half the value of the 2020 crop. Grape growers in the Napa, Sonoma, Lake […]

Registration Now Open For Canola Workshop

Registration is now open for the Pacific Northwest Canola Association’s Canola workshop coming up February 9th-10th. According to PNWCA Executive Director Karen Sowers, canola growers, industry reps, and university faculty from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington will present a wide range of canola production topics and be available for live Q&A during and following each session. […]

Northwest, U.S. Cattle Inventory Down Slightly

Latest numbers from NASS show the cattle inventory dropped slightly, both regionally and nationally. A report on U.S. cattle inventory shows 93.6 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms as of January 1st, slightly below the 93.8 million last year. Of the 93.6 million head inventory, all cows and heifers that have calved […]

Oil Prices Continue To Move Higher

Oil prices continue their slow march higher, as confidence surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine continues to grow. In Monday’s trade, West Texas Crude was trading well into the $53 per barrel range, some of the highest prices we’ve seen in the last two months. In fact the last time oil prices were this high, February 17th, […]