China will purchase 340,000 metric tons of U.S. hard red winter wheat, the largest since implementing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. wheat in two years. U.S. wheat leaders hope it's the first of many future purchases.
Coronavirus concerns have led to "unprecedented" demand for flour in grocery stores. Tim O'Connor, president of the Wheat Foods Council, said some larger milling companies are adjusting produc…
Few effects are expected for wheat farmers in the wake of coronavirus concerns and restrictions. The Washington Grain Commission has postponed some trade team visits and travel.
SPOKANE — The wheat market will be full of uncertainties for the foreseeable future, a Washington Grain Commission board member says.
Marcel Kringe, 31, practically talks combines in his sleep. His company Bushel Plus, based in Canada, has a system to help farmers determine harvest loss as they work their fields.
Eastern Idaho grain grower Dwight Little Sr. got a surprise at this year's Larry Branen Ag Summit — he received a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Agriculture.
After 12 years of negotiations, Kenya has agreed to lift its prohibition on U.S. wheat exports from the Pacific Northwest, the USDA announced on Feb. 25.
American is a key factor in that increasingly reliable supply of quinoa, which is gluten-free and rich in protein and nutrients.
Congress must move forward on several bills critical to wheat farmers before the general election later this year, the head of the National Association of Wheat Growers says.
The Grain Shed co-op in Spokane has begun canning its Purple Egyptian Barley beer for distribution. Brewer-owner Teddy Benson said the two-year-old cooperative plans to can all of its landrace…
Dryland wheat farmers in northeast Oregon should be on the lookout for stripe rust after the fungal disease was found in a small trial plot at Oregon State University's Columbia Basin Agricult…
A new map from Washington State University shows where herbicide resistance is developing in weeds. Weed scientist Ian Burke hopes to get more samples from farmers from underrepresented counties.
Farmer-owned Shepherd's Grain tests new varieties of wheat in a bread "bake test" to determine what its growers will plant in the future.
For the last 10 years, the grain elevator in Kettle Falls, Wash., has sat abandoned, a silent sentinel over the town of 1,500 just north of Spokane.
Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist for Nutrien Ag Solutions, says March will likely be in dry in Washington state.
The strong U.S. dollar is keeping wheat prices lower than they should be, a risk management consultant says.
United Grain Corp. is expanding its reach into the Treasure Valley with the purchase of two grain storage and shipping facilities in Ontario, Ore. and Notus, Idaho.
Fairfield wheat grower Marci Green, a past president for the Washington Association of Wheat Growers and current QQQQ for the National Association of Wheat Growers, received the Excellence in …
Western Idaho Ag Expo participants cite trade-pact progress, some higher commodity prices, promising water supplies. Efficiency remains key.
The decision is expected to broadly impact EPA’s approach to granting small refinery exemptions.
Presenters at Feb. 6 soil-health workshop to share lessons learned on sizable beet, potato farm.
Four varieties have been added to the American Malting Barley Association's list of recommendations.
House Bill 2498 sets out a formula for paying producers whose leases are terminated early.
If China sticks to the terms it's laying out in its new agreement with the U.S., it could automatically become the third largest import market for wheat farmers worldwide.
Grass Valley, Ore., farmer Darren Padget will assume duties as chairman of U.S. Wheat Associates in the summer.
Administrative rules are a big topic as commodity commissions, state agencies get an update.
Tri-Cities residents in Washington share their thoughts on the four dams in the Lower Snake River for a study by Gov. Jay Inslee's office.
2020 will be a "severe epidemic" year for stripe rust, based on current crop and weather conditions, says USDA Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist Xianming Chen. Farmers planting s…
Chumrau to assist in international market development
A new study finds that the costs to farmers and the region’s economy if the four dams on the lower Snake River were removed would average roughly $76 million a year.
Some higher prices, lower expenses provide boost
An upcoming conference will allow farmers to take a deep dive into soil health and the benefits of direct-seed farming, an industry leader says.
Wheat prices are trending higher, and market experts say there’s room for them to grow.
The National Association of Wheat Growers has sold its building in Washington, D.C., and will move to new offices Jan. 4.
Eastern Washington farmers doubt that public subsidies would offset higher transportation and irrigation costs caused by breaching four Lower Snake River dams, according to a preliminary study…
In an effort to establish a new market for grain grown in their region, six farmers formed a cooperative Friday, intending to distribute it by rail from the Port of Chehalis in Lewis County, Wash.
A change in agricultural property tax law proposed by the Washington Association of County Officials would jeopardize farming, a Klickitat County farmer says.
The U.S. and China have agreed to a “Phase One” trade deal that American wheat growers hope will create “tremendous” potential to boost exports.
Amanda Hoey will begin work as CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission and Oregon Wheat Growers League beginning Jan. 2.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Tuesday that negotiations on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement have been completed was welcomed by farmers.
Daniela Carrijo, a postdoctoral student and agronomist with Barley World — the barley breeding program at OSU — provided an update of research projects Dec. 5 at the 46th annual Hermiston Farm…
Japan’s parliament Dec. 4 approved the new agricultural trade agreement with the U.S., a move that was welcomed by American wheat farmers, who say the deal will put them on a level playing fie…
Stakeholders need to begin talking about the possible impacts to Northwest communities if four dams on the Snake River are removed, says the leader of a group that advocates their removal.
Northwest agricultural transportation advocates are backing a new advertising campaign to combat environmentalists’ “simplistic messages” about removing four dams on the Snake River.
Combines major providers of crop inputs, other services
The winners of the National Wheat Foundation’s annual yield contest credit good weather and nutrients remaining from the previous crops for their successes.
SPOKANE — Farmers should consider whether they have more risk on prices or yields when deciding to enroll in a national crop insurance program, a small grains economist says.
Washington farmers are expected to plant more acres of spring club wheat next year to take advantage of a nearly $2 a bushel premium for the subclass.
SPOKANE — If farmers continue their usual patterns of herbicide use, they'll increase the number of resistant weeds in their fields and burn through the remaining effective chemistries, Northw…
Big D's diversified farm, warehousing operation thrive as houses sprout nearby
SPOKANE — USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is urging Northwest farmers to “redouble” monitoring of their fields to further assure customers overseas that GMO wheat concerns ha…
Marketing key as tight-margin environment persists
Registration is now open for the Cascadia Grains Conference, which seeks to connect smaller grain farmers with bakers, brewers, millers and health and nutrition advocates.
Budgets likely tight
Pacific Northwest chickpea farmers and processors will have to dry about a third of their crop this year because of late-season rains.