Dryland Farmers Working With Latest Technology To Improve Yields

Dryland farming and practices related to it, have been around for centuries. Yet modern innovations and technologies are being increasingly incorporated into research to address issues such as sustainability and water management.  USDA researcher, Robert Lescano, said remote sensing data and satellite imagery are now being incorporated into research, with scientific collaboration across various disciplines. […]

Riverside Researcher Says New Tool Can Help Aid Food Supply

Researchers, led by a University of California Riverside team, have come up with a way to help crops flourish in drought as well as “normal” conditions. It’s a chemical called Antabactin, which suppresses the hormone that prevents seeds from germinating when temperatures are high. UCR’s Aditya Vaidya, says Antabactin has been successful in getting a […]

USDA Cuts Ag Export Forecast for 2022

The USDA cut its farm exports forecast in 2022, blaming weaker soybean demand from China and lower soybean prices. The Economic Research Service says it now expects American ag exports to hit $175.5 billion in the fiscal year 2022, down from the August forecast of $2 billion. The agency says soybean exports will be down […]

FY21 A Good One For Ag Exports

The USDA now has all of the trade numbers from Fiscal Year 2021. As the books closed at the end of September, numbers showed the U.S. exported just over $172 billion worth of Ag products. That’s $32.5 billion more than in 2020. “A good increase and far and away a record,” noted USDA economist and […]

Value of Idaho Ag Up 4% In 2020

According to NASS, the value of agricultural production in Idaho hit $8.4 billion in 2020, up 4% year over year; the value of Idaho’s crop production in 2020 was $3.61 billion, up 8% from 2019. The value of livestock production in 2020 totaled $4.79 billion, up less than 1% from the previous year. The rankings […]

NWFCS Expects Profits For Wheat Growers; Mixed Results For Hay Growers

As we wrap up our six part Northwest Farm Credit Services Quarterly Commodity Snapshot series today, we take a look at Northwest dryland crops, hay and wheat. “The hay industry outlook calls for variable returns. Producers in drought-stricken areas produced less hay and losses are likely,” said Bill Perry Vice President At NWFCS. “On the […]

Nursery Remains Tops In Oregon; Cherries, Hazelnuts New To The Top Ten

NASS is out with the top commodities for Oregon in 2020. The state’s greenhouse and nursery industry experienced a COVID-19 boon with value of production topping $1 billion for a second year in a row. Industry experts say the “stay home” orders boosted sales nationwide as more people took up gardening and landscaping. Coming in […]

Winter Wheat Planting Progressing Nicely Across The U.S.

“Plating progress [of winter wheat] approaching the half way mark; 47% complete nationally,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Pretty close to the five-year average of 46% but slightly behind last year’s 50%. Most states continue to see planting progress moving along at a normal to ahead of normal pace.” Rippey noted there are some exceptions, […]

NW Wheat Stocks In Storage Dip 40% Year-Over-Year

According to NASS, all wheat stocks stored in the Pacific Northwest dropped 40% from September 1st, 2020. In Idaho stored wheat totaled 65.6 million bushels, down from 106 million bushels a year ago. Off-farm stocks were down 40%, while on-farm stocks were down 35% compared to the previous year. In Oregon, wheat stored topped out […]