This year’s drought in Idaho is not unprecedented but it is one of the state’s driest years on record.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Grain Craft announced on Tuesday plans to construct a grain elevator at the company’s Blackfoot, Idaho flour mill. The new elevator will receive local wheat and convey it directly into the mill. It is scheduled to be complete during fourth quarter of 2021.

ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — The wheat harvest on Marci Green’s farm doesn’t usually begin until late August, but a severe drought stunted this year’s crop and her crews finished harvesting last week because she didn’t want what had grown so far to shrivel and die in the heat.

Idaho’s total wheat production and quality are normally very consistent on an annual basis. Because of severe drought conditions and a lengthy heat wave, that could change this year, at least on the production side.

MOSCOW — With deep, fertile soils and consistent rainfall, Latah County produces an abundant supply of several crops, including soft white wheat, garbanzo beans, peas and lentils.

The Idaho Grain Producers Association and the Idaho Farm Bureau Federation are holding an informative meeting next week in Lewiston focusing on the importance of the Columbia Snake River System to Idaho agriculture.

JEROME — Scoular is hiring at its Jerome processing plant. The plant will be making Emerge, a barley-based protein source for aquaculture and pet food.

JEROME — Scoular on Tuesday announced the name for its new sustainable and innovative barley-based protein source for aquaculture and pet food: Emerge. Emerge, both traceable and non-GMO, is the only barley-based protein for feed customers.

Oatly, the world’s largest oat milk company, raised $1.4 billion in an initial public offering Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange, capitalizing on a global surge in demand for its products.

Wheat prices for farmers have flirted with $8 a bushel in recent days and are substantially higher than they were this time last year.

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University of Idaho researchers are currently working to update the Idaho Barley and Wheat Production guides. As they update the guides, they want to include information that is most relevant for farming operation by learning more about individual management practices.

ABERDEEN — Idaho wheat industry leaders believe a new wheat variety called “UI Cookie” could have significant potential for a lot of the state’s grain farmers.

Washington, D.C. – A few weeks ago, I released a comprehensive concept to resolve the salmon, energy and dam issues that have created tension in the Northwest for decades. It is meant to provide security for all stakeholders, end lawsuits and give Idaho’s wild salmon and steelhead a chance f…

Legislation is expected to be introduced during the 2021 Idaho legislative session that would take about $140,000 in existing annual funding from the Idaho Wine Commission and redirect it to the Idaho Hop Commission.

American Falls farmer Jim Tiede is usually happy if he can break even on wheat, and he’s grown accustomed to raising the crop at a loss just to give his fields a rest between potato years.

Google searches for the word “recipe” skyrocketed during the first quarter of 2020 and are still up by about 16% from 2019, explained University of Idaho Extension educator Joel Packham.

The USDA Farm Service Agency issued a reminder to farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is Dec. 11.

POCATELLO — Idaho solidified its spot as the nation’s No. 1 barley-producing state in 2020 despite early season estimates that total barley production in the Gem State would decrease this year.

BOISE — The Idaho Wheat Commission has opted to cautiously move forward with plans to build a new, $5.5 million building in downtown Boise.

JEROME — Scoular Co.’s new $13 million barley facility will initially process roughly 4 percent of the state’s total barley production but that number could increase significantly in the coming years if demand for the product produced there surges as expected.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and USDA have announced the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges, a competition to advance agricultural sustainability in the United States. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain…

There’s gold in Idaho’s wheat fields, and above average yields in the southeast Idaho wheat harvest for 2020 could be good news for the local economy.

Arbon Valley dry-land farmer Hans Hayden was initially pessimistic about this season’s wheat crop, having sustained heavy losses both to winter kill of fall wheat and hail damage during a cold spring.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many.

An Aug. 13 wildfire burned 5 acres of grassland, brush and wheat fields in the Arbon Valley area within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, officials with the Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center confirmed.

University of Idaho Extension cereals pathologist Juliet Marshall was initially pessimistic about East Idaho’s grain crops, as many fields were set back by early season frost and an extremely wet spring.

BOISE — The Idaho Wheat Commission’s new executive director, Casey Chumrau, knows she has big shoes to fill but leaders of the state’s wheat industry are confident she has the skills and experience to do that.