Wheat Conditions Struggling Nationwide

Nationally, wheat futures have rallied this week, primarily because of the wheat conditions across the Midwest. USDA Outlook Board Chairman, Mark Jekanowski, said for example in Texas only 28% of its wheat crop is rated good to excellent shape. “But it’s still a little bit too early at this point to make any real assessment […]

Helena: Parylay Can Help Wheat Growers Address Tough Broadleaf Weeds

Growing world class wheat is only part of the job description for Northwest producers. The other part is beating back grasses and broadleaf weeds that look to rob the crop of nutrients and much more. Helena says their newest tool should give Northwest wheat growers an advantage in 2021 and well beyond. Parlay was licensed […]

Rexburg Farmer Wins AFBF Discussion Meet

Eastern Idaho’s Marquee Ricks was named the winner of the 2021 American Farm Bureau Federation Discussion Meet in early January. Ricks, who faced off against 29 other state winners, says this is a competition that is always very competitive every year, which brings out the best and brightest minds from the young farmer and rancher community. […]

NWFCS Expects Profits for Wheat Growers, Forest Products

Continuing with our six part series focused on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ quarterly Market Snapshots, we look at wheat, forest products as well as hay. Starting off with wheat, Bill Perry, Vice President at NWFCS says the outlook calls for slightly profitable returns for growers. “The USDA’s projected 2020-21 season average farm price for all-wheat […]

NW 2021 Wheat Seedings down 2%, U.S. Plantings Up 5%

Going against the national trend, Northwest wheat growers planted fewer acres for the 2021 season. Idaho growers seeded 740,000 acres of winter wheat for the 2021 crop, up 3% from 2020, and 1 percent above the 2019 crop. Oregon farmers planted 710,000 acres of winter wheat, down 4% from the 2020 crop and down 4% […]

USDA: 2021 Wheat Acreage Up

For the past couple of years, the USDA has reported fewer and fewer wheat acres planted nationwide. Much of the reduction is blamed on low wheat prices. In 2020 all-wheat acreage hit 44.3 million acres, the lowest on record in over 100 years. But, when looking at the year ahead,” we have wheat acres expected […]

Grain Prices Should Improve in 2021

According to the USDA, global grain stocks in 2021 will likely be about 1.5% higher, year over year, reversing the downward trend observed over the past couple of years. Despite the rise in global supplies, USDA forecasts higher corn, wheat, and barley prices than in the 2019-2020 marketing year. The average corn price is projected […]

World Wheat Supply Continues To Increase

The global wheat supply continues to move higher. “We increase world wheat production [in December’s USDA global supply and demand estimates] again by about 1.3 million tons and that would put global production at a new record,” said World Agriculture Economic Outlook Board Chair, Mark Jekanowski. He added a variety of factors led to the […]

WSU To Kick Off Soil Health Webinars Monday

Starting Monday, the Washington State University Farmers Network will host a series of webinars focused on improving soil fertility. Soil Health Outreach Coordinator Carol McFarland said the webinars will not just focus on soil fertility decisions in dryland wheat, the most common crop across central and eastern Washington, but also sunflowers, catalinas and other alternative […]

Grain Standards Reauthorization Heads to White House

Outgoing Senate Ag Committee Chair Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow applauded the House of Representatives passage of the U.S. Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2020. The legislation passed out of the Senate Ag Committee in June and the full Senate in November, and is now ready to be signed into law. “I’m pleased […]