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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Agriculture

Program Contact: Mark Heitstuman, Director
(509) 843-3701 • mark.heitstuman@wsu.edu

Agriculture has dominated Garfield County’s economy with farms occupying two-thirds of the county. Wheat is the main crop, though other grains such as barley and bluegrass are also grown.

Wheat farming on the Palouse of North Idaho.Warm Weather Puts Crops Ahead of Schedule

To help farmers with early crop development, AgWeatherNet offers email alerts for frosts and other adverse weather. It can also help growers schedule irrigation and use water more effectively.

To sign up for AgWeatherNet alerts, click here to start an account.

WSU Extension agents are available to answer questions about winter weather and agriculture. Learn more >

New Drought Website

The new drought website shares timely updates and a wealth of water conservation information to help farmers deal with a dry year. Farmers can find research based publications, drought updates, useful links and news on drought-related issues.

Visit the drought website >

Stand up for Grain Safety

Today, six of every 10 workers trapped in a grain bin don’t make it out alive. “Stand Up 4 Grain Safety Week will bring industry professionals together to focus on how small changes can eliminate dangerous hazards that can cause great harm to their employees,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health Jim Frederick. “This important collaboration will strengthen our coalition of agribusiness and safety professionals, and reinforce our shared commitment to safety and training.” Click Here to Register.

National Wheat Foundation approves new projects
Action on the projects will begin promptly with the establishment of a task force to guide the process

(Photo by Marc Wieland on Unsplash)

WASHINGTON — The National Wheat Foundation Board approved three new projects at its annual meeting last week. The projects were selected after a series of strategic planning meetings with industry stakeholders from all segments of the wheat industry.

The projects aim to answer these questions: Does high-yielding wheat equal high-quality wheat? Does high-yielding wheat equal higher profitability?  Can potassium (K) levels in wheat grain be increased to help combat heart disease in Americans? These projects are in addition to the successful National Wheat Yield Contest, which is already open for entries for 2021.

–National Wheat Foundation, for full article click, here.

The National Association of Wheat Growers Officers

The National Association of Wheat Growers concluded its annual conference, which entailed organizational action and adoption of 2021 policy priorities. Given the impacts of COVID-19 over the past year, the board re-elected the same slate of officers to continue in their roles for 2021. With that action, the board has re-elected Dave Milligan (MI) as President; Nicole Berg (WA) as Vice President; Brent Cheyne (OR) as Treasurer; Keeff Felty (OK) as Secretary; and Ben Scholz (TX) as Past President.

–National Wheat Foundation, for full article click, here.

–For more articles concerning the wheat industry click, here.