Spring is in the air in some areas of the Pacific Northwest with others still under snow. Planting season is almost here, bringing with it the latest seed buying resources.
The Washington State Crop Improvement Association’s (WSCIA) 2016 Certified Seed Buying Guide is available both online and from local seed dealers. Produced with help from the WSU Crop and Soil Sciences Department, it covers variety performance for legumes, wheat, and barley, and planting rate based on seeds per square foot. The guide also has a certified seed source list.
The WSU Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) website has several updated resources:
- Spring oilseed supply list from Pacific Northwest seed dealers and retail outlets — Canola, mustard, camelina, sunflower, safflower, and flax are all available. The crucifer seed quarantine now applies to eastern Washington counties. All seed must be tested for blackleg, and be certified blackleg-free. Every bag should have a Washington State Department of Agriculture-issued tag. This includes cover crop mixtures containing cruciferous crops such as canola, radish, and others.
- USDA-ARS/WSU 2015 winter canola variety trial results from Okanogan and Pomeroy
- University of Idaho 2015 spring canola variety trial report from four locations in Idaho and three locations in Washington
- A Whole-Farm Revenue Protection presentation that was given at the WSU Oilseed Workshops. March 15 is the whole-farm revenue protection and insurance coverage deadline for spring crops.
For more information about the WSCIA seed buying guide or the cereal variety testing program, contact Ryan Higginbotham (email@example.com or 509-335-1205). Karen Sowers (firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-396-5936.) can answer questions about oilseed suppliers and the WOCS program.
Washington Agribusiness: Status and Outlook 2016 is the inaugural issue of a new annual publication. Produced by WSU economic sciences faculty, it examines the opportunities and challenges facing Washington agriculture. Each issue will come out in January and will provide an update on Washington’s major sectors, including wheat and barley, specialty crops, tree fruit, beef, and dairy, as well as feature articles on specific issues unique each year.
A major focus this year is on the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement currently awaiting action by the U.S. Congress. In his article, “Status of Washington Agricultural International Exports,” writer Andrew Cassey highlights the importance of trade to Washington agriculture and discusses potential impacts of the trade agreement. Writer Randy Fortenbery gives the small grains economic forecast in his piece “Situation and Outlook for Small Grains.” In addition, there are two interesting articles that review the results of recently completed research projects that focus on the beef and hard cider sectors in Washington.
Executive editor Randy Fortenbery, who is also a professor in the School of Economic Sciences, intends Washington Agribusiness: Status and Outlook 2016 to provide a concise summary of the issues facing Washington agribusiness. Timothy Nadreau, managing editor, welcomes suggestions for future content. He can be reached at email@example.com.