How Did February’s Storm Impact Winter Wheat

When looking at the national winter wheat crop, USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey said the extreme cold weather last month had an impact. “In terms of what happened during the month of February, a little bit of a mixed bag because some areas did get snow that provided great insulation and moisture from that bitterly cold […]

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% […]

Rippey Has Concerns About Winter Wheat Crop

Ask USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, and he’ll tell you there are some concerns when it comes to the winter wheat crop. He said according to the latest numbers, 43% of the crop rated good to excellent, 21% very poor to poor. “That’s actually a bit of a drop from last week’s numbers when we saw […]

While The Northwest Is Dry, Winter Wheat Conditions Look Good Nationally

Drought continues to impact the winter wheat crop here in the Northwest.But for the most part, the crop, nationally looks good.USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “Overall, 46% of the winter wheat rated good to excellent,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “That is up a point from last week. 18% very poor to poor that is also […]

NW Growers Perform Well In National Wheat Yield Contest

The National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation’s is out with the winners of the 2020 National Wheat Yield Contest, and the Northwest faired very well this year. This year’s Bin Buster winners include winners from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NAWG said their Wheat Yield Contest offers growers the opportunity to compete with farmers from across […]

Winter Wheat Plantings Ahead Of 2019 Numbers

“The thing to note is that several states across the plains and the Northwest still dealing with the impact of drought,” said USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “So we see in those states, ahead of average planting progress, but below average emergence which is suggestive of not only the drought but the more recent cold weather. […]

Dry Weather A Double Edged Sword For Wheat Growers

Much of the country is dealing with dry weather, which is both good news and bad news for the wheat community. First, the dry, and in many places, warm weather allows for planting to progress at a brisk pace. The latest figures show 68% of winter wheat is in the ground, ahead of the five […]

USDA: Good News & Bad News For Winter Wheat

When taking a look at the latest winter wheat numbers nationally, it’s a mixed bag. Clear dry weather across many of the top wheat states has led to a brisk clip when it comes to planting, but many of these same areas are short on moisture which is hurting establishment and emergence. USDA meteorologist Brad […]

Salois: Keeping Nitrogen When & Where Winter Wheat Needs It Vital For Top Yields

It’s been the focus of research for the wheat industry since the 1950s:  nitrogen and its impact on yields. Cat Salois, Director of Research and Technology for the McGregor Company, said nitrogen impacts every growth stage of the plant’s lifecycle and each of the three yield components of cereal crops, Heads per Acre, Grains per […]

Winter Wheat Planting Slightly Ahead Of Schedule

According to the USDA, 20% of winter wheat plantings were complete by Sunday, September 20th. USDA metorologist Brad Rippey said that’s one percentage point ahead of the 5-year average [of 19%] and two points ahead of numbers reported last year. “We see three states that have reached the 40% mark for winter wheat planting. Leading […]