USDA is projecting lower winter wheat production and yields this year compared to 2020's bumper crops across the Pacific Northwest.
When Albert Adjesiwor started in his job as a University of Idaho Extension weed scientist last year, he drove around the region and saw the weed China lettuce in just about every wheat field,…
The project, aimed at harnessing artificial intelligence to identify insects, will aid integrated pest management in small-grain production.
No-till farming reduces soil erosion and improves soil, air and water quality compared to conventional farming, but advocates say the time and cost involved in switching are hurdles for grower…
Common buckwheat is the variety most often grown. Products are made from the groats, which are the de-hulled seeds.
Washington State University will resume most of its field tour schedule in-person this year after canceling them last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More growers are comfortable with online seminars and programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The session allows the commission to provide resources to all farmers in the state at the s…
PENDLETON — Mental health issues and protections for family farms were some of the starter topics during a virtual town hall Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden held Sunday, May 2, for residents of Umatilla…
Wheat hovered near $8 per bushel on the Portland market this week, and experts say they aren't sure how high prices will go, or for how long.
Vole populations peak in cycles, researchers say. The last big population boom in the valley was about a decade ago. Gray-tailed vole numbers surged again in 2020, and pressure is building into 2021.
On behalf of Pendleton Grain Growers, Realty Marketing/Northwest is auctioning off PGG’s mostly vacant Pendleton facility for the reserve price of $1.995 million, a slight reduction from the c…
The National Association of Wheat Growers has formed a new committee devoted to sustainability and climate policy.
Market watchers do see a positive impact from the trade deal, in effect since January of last year, but point out the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated matters.
To help inform production guides, education and research in growing regions.
Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson has floated a $33.5 billion plan to boost salmon recovery, remove four dams on the lower Snake River and impose a 35-year moratorium on dam-related environmental litigation.
The USDA forecasts more corn and soybean acres nationwide, but expects a stable wheat crop in the Pacific Northwest.
The spread of COVID-19 forced the closure or curtailment of many sectors of the economy last spring and sent shockwaves through all facets of agriculture.
USDA molecular biologist Ashley Cannon and research plant molecular geneticist Camille Steber are "partners in crime" working with USDA and Washington State University researchers to improve t…
A coalition of 45 stakeholders has sent a letter to Northwest lawmakers voicing their opposition to Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson’s $33.5 billion proposal to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River.
The Washington Department of Ecology officials want to expand dust reduction efforts and reach more farmers on the Columbia Plateau.
Scout Clean Energy of Boulder, Colo., would lease 72,295 acres. While 6,860 acres would be “permanently impacted,” the rest could remain in agricultural production, according to the company’s …
The University of Idaho has the $7 million it needs to renovate and expand its agricultural research station near Parma.
Grains Week, May 3-7, is hosted by the Culinary Breeding Network, Washington State University's Food Systems Program, Oregon State University, Cornell University, University of Wisconsin-Madis…
Growing up on a wheat farm in northwest Kansas ultimately led Andrew Mense to study the crop in college.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 106 authorizes the commission to issue bonds for $3.5 million through the State Building Authority.
Denver flour company Ardent Mills is acquiring Pullman, Wash.-based chickpea processing company Hinrichs Trading Co.
In February a trade association representing general contractors urged President Joe Biden to provide relief from record lumber prices. Among their requests is to import more wood products fro…
“I’m sure you’re all kind of wondering why the hell I kicked the hornet’s nest,” Simpson, an Idaho Republican, said during a Food Producers of Idaho conference call.
Northwest wheat farmers stand to benefit from a combination of global factors that have simultaneously boosted price and demand, according to one industry expert.
Soil carbon market programs are not fully established, and a lot of uncertainty remains.
Herbicide-resistant variety expected to benefit wheat growers.
Wheat farmers this year won’t have a clear-cut choice between which federal crop insurance program will work best for them in the 2021-2022 marketing year, a small grains economist at Washingt…
Wheat Commission plans event in Idaho Falls.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Demand for malting barley took a hit in the past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Behind the glass of beer, with its photogenic bubbles and foamy white head, there are Tom Hutchison and his bags of Eastern Oregon barley.
Washington wheat growers will be monitoring their crops closely following a mid-February cold snap that brought low temperatures, wind and snow to the eastern portion of the state.
The beer industry had a flat year during the COVID-19 pandemic, an industry economist says.
Washington State University’s winter wheat breeder, Arron Carter, recently provided a sneak peek at upcoming new varieties during a presentation for dryland farmers.
By removing four dams on the Snake River system, an Idaho congressman's concept calls for locking in remaining dams and eliminating all salmon-related litigation for 35 years. Ag leaders say t…
A nonprofit group will hold a meeting to discuss two proposed climate bills and whether they address farmer needs.
After 38 years, Oregon wildlife regulators want to make permanent a program that provides hunting tags to landowners who provide habitat for elk, deer and antelope.
A Washington State University expert calls a new pesticide control for wireworms a 'game-changer.' Farmers haven't had an effective treatment for the pest since 2007, leaders say.
Randy Suess, a retired Washington wheat farmer and a former chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates, has been named to the USDA’s agricultural technical advisory committee for trade in grains, feed,…
The Capital Press asked several farmers and ranchers to imagine they were sitting across a table from Biden. What would they tell the new president, if given that chance?
The U.S. government last week awarded contracts worth $26.5 million for the purchase and transport of 75,800 metric tons of soft white wheat to Yemen as food aid.
Washington State University's free soil health webinars, offered Jan. 11-14, will help farmers document improvements made when they change management practices, assistant professor Haiying Tao says.
People at every point in the U.S. wheat supply chain share their stories in a new U.S. Wheat Associates short film for overseas customers.
A form of flour analysis, solvent retention capacity, is making clear to overseas millers and bakers the advantages of using U.S. wheat for their products compared to competing countries, whea…
The FDA announced Dec. 29 it would charge distilleries across the country $14,060 under a newly established fee program for "monograph drug facilities" producing over-the-counter drugs, includ…
High demand is expected for spring canola seed, says Karen Sowers, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Canola Association. Sowers says the market for the crop is "insatiable."
Wheat prices are up and market experts say they don't see much room for a decline through the winter.
Lynn W. Gallagher, who for 30 years was the barley breeder at the University of California-Davis, died Dec. 15, 2020. He was 77.
University of Minnesota researchers are working to increase yields on Kernza, a perennial intermediate wheatgrass in high demand, particularly on the organic market. Project leader James Ander…
China was a big player in global grain markets in 2020, helping to support prices.