This week, Russia bombed key Ukrainian ports – crippling major wheat exports. It also pulled out of a key agreement that allowed the export of Ukrainian grain. That’s spiking U.S. wheat futures prices on soft red winter wheat just as the Northwest starts to harvest.
Light wheat is a problem this summer harvest in the Northwest. Farmers say the plants are stressed by heat and little rain. A fresh U.S. Department of Agriculture report says winter wheat crops in the Northwest are forecast to be down this year.
When refugees migrate to the United States, important cultural foods from their countries of origin often become harder to find. In Oregon, refugee growers are getting help accessing land and resources to grow their own.
An icon in Oregon’s agriculture industry has died. For decades, Bernadine Strik did groundbreaking work in the field of horticulture at Oregon State University. Her forte was in berries, co-releasing 38 different cultivars and revolutionizing how some crops are grown today. Strik died in April at the age of 60.