Tag Archives: Wheat Farmers

Wheat growers discuss rail facility benefits 

There will be further discussions about the proposed intermodal facility now that a location has been selected north of Nyssa, and information was presented Thursday about what factors went into that decision. That information came during the annual meeting of the Malheur County Wheat Growers held at Fiesta Guadalajara in Ontario, in a report from […]
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An odd trend in wheat country: not much wheat

Many farmers are opting this year for crops that might be less iconic but are suddenly in demand. An odd thing has happened in wheat country — a lot of farmers aren’t planting wheat. Thanks to a global grain glut that has caused prices and profits to plunge, this year farmers planted the fewest acres […]
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Falling number test results ‘normal’ this year, researcher says

Washington’s grain inspection program is reporting a normal number of tests for falling number in 2017 after many problems last year. Low falling number test results have posed only a mild problem for Northwest wheat farmers this year, a researcher says.Falling number is a test that measures starch damage in wheat that reduces the quality […]
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Wheat harvest in full swing across Eastern Oregon

Wheat harvest is underway across Eastern Oregon, and farmers are already seeing improved yields over 2016. Sitting in the cab of a John Deere tractor overlooking golden hills of wheat, Kuper Bracher waited patiently Tuesday morning and watched as a pair of combine harvesters passed slowly in the distance. Source: Wheat harvest in full swing […]
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Pacific Northwest wheat harvest kicks off

Pacific Northwest wheat farmers anticipate an above-average crop as harvest gets underway. Jason Beechinor watched as some of his employees combined a field of hard red winter wheat. In some places, he’s expecting yields 20 to 30 bushels above his average. Source: Pacific Northwest wheat harvest kicks off – Washington – Capital Press

Temperature changes raise falling number worries

Recent temperature fluctuations in Eastern Washington have wheat researchers worried about the possibility of falling number problems again this year. Rapidly changing temperatures have Northwest researchers worried about the possibility of falling number problems in this year’s wheat crop. Source: Temperature changes raise falling number worries – – Capital Press

Hard choices loom as farms exit Conservation Reserve Program

Umatilla and Morrow county wheat farmers are facing serious questions as land is set to expire from CRP. It was about a year ago when Pendleton farmer Henry Lorenzen learned, much to his surprise and disappointment, that a portion of his land would not be re-enrolled in the federal Conservation Reserve Program. Source: Hard choices […]
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Field day highlights research for wheat growers

Scientists with Oregon State University and the USDA Agricultural Research Service showed their latest projects during field day north of Pendleton. Gusty winds made for a chilly Tuesday morning at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center north of Pendleton, where scientists with Oregon State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted their annual field […]
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Weed develops resistance, impacts pulse, wheat crops

Mayweed chamomile, also known as dog fennel, populations are becoming more resistant to the usual herbicide chemistries, a Washington State University weed science professor says. Pacific Northwest wheat and pulse growers are turning to new strategies to control mayweed chamomile, a weed that is developing resistance to Group 2 herbicides. Source: Weed develops resistance, impacts […]
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Wheat farmers seek ways to wait out low prices

Pacific Northwest farmers diversify to deal with wheat prices that are a dollar or more below the cost of production. Mark Sheffels doesn’t plant as much wheat as he once did. Sheffels, who farms west of Spokane near Davenport and Wilbur, Wash., started reducing his wheat acreage several years ago in favor of winter peas. […]
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