In today’s Ag News Roundup, COVID may not have harmed the farm economy as much as predicted, the future of weed control could be electricity, Idaho potato growers face continued challenges, new wheat varieties being offered, and why planting perennials in the fall makes sense in some regions of the northwest.
Farm Economy Stable During COVID
From the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the overall farming economy may not have suffered as much as feared during COVID. According to USDA chief economist, trade demand has been “incredibly robust.”
Zapping Weeds Could be the Future
Oregon State University Extension Service is researching the effectiveness of using electricity to zap weeds rather than using chemicals. The research is being funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Research and Education Initiative.
Idaho Potato Growers Facing Challenges
According to the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, the Idaho Potato Commission is finding ways to adjust to the aftermath of 2020. Much of the problems stem from restaurant closures during the pandemic.
Four New Wheat Varieties Offered for 2022
Washington Genetics says it will offer four varieties of wheat for 2022. The new varieties have been developed for disease resistance and excellent yield potential.
Plant in the Fall for Big Returns
Oregon State University Extension Service has some advice for gardeners looking for a way to get more out of their garden year-round. The experts suggest planting trees, shrubs, and perennials in the fall, from mid-September to mid-November.