Spring is here, hopefully!

Posted by Scott Stephen

Some winters seem to fly by while others - we simply endure.  This winter has been persistent, which leaves everybody with the feeling that we are all behind. If the snow is not off of your fields, it soon will be. 

We are actively soil sampling in areas that have sandier soil, and as the siltier areas firm up, we are actively sampling them as well.  We are in the field at every opportunity. 

The winter precipitation in above average, and significantly higher than it has been in the past several years. Since the first of October 2016, Prosser received ~6.3", Toppenish ~6.0", Moxee ~6.1", and Harrah at ~7.6". Thankfully the precipitation was spread out through the winter, which helped reduce leaching. 

Agrimanagement has been using scientifically proven sampling methods since 1966.  We firmly believe that you can only get quality results from quality sampling.  If you soil sampled in the fall and moderate to high residual nitrogen was present within the profile, you may want to consider a few rechecks to assess if leachable nutrients have moved deeper.  You may need to consider adding some extra nitrogen to the fall recommendations for wheat and other crops. 

If you need soil sampling, please give us a call so that we can discuss your options.  

 

Snow Water Equivalence as of February 16, 2017-2015

Posted by Ben Sullivan

This winter has been one for the record books, with 67 days of consecutive snow on the ground and counting. We are as eager to get into the fields as you are. All of the snow in the mountains is adding up, and surely more to come this year. Below are the February 16th comparisons of Snow Water Equivalence (SWE) from 2017 through 2015. As shown below, we have a significant amount of water sitting in the mountains. The important areas to compare are the deeper purple to light purple. 
Source: NOAA, National Weather Service, National Operational Hydrological RemouteSensing Center.  


http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa/index.html?region=Northwest

According to climatologists at NOAA and the National Drought Mitigation Center, drought conditions have significantly decreased. You can see in these graphs, the dramatic difference a year can make. Washington is currently showing 0% areas in water stress, and the California drought has been significantly reduced from 2016 to 2017.  

In 2016 we at Agrimanagement partnered up with iMetosUSA. Metos USA provides remote soil moisture and other environmental monitoring solutions for commercial agriculture. Technology is constantly improving and Metos USA has been on top of the spectrum always serving the needs of growers. Agrimanagement will be a distributor for their product here in the Yakima Valley. Agrimanagement has been evaluating these systems for three years now and are extremely happy with the performance, and the ability to give real time moisture readings. Below is a link to the website. 

http://www.metosusa.com/

Currently a favorable outlook on water

Posted by Scott Stephen

Just like each snowflake has its own individual shape, every year our weather seems to have its own identity as well.  With the hot summers of the past two years along with the lower than average snowpack, our valley has endured shortages of water.  While we have had some very dry late falls and early winters the past two years, it appears that we are currently more similar to 2013 than either 2014 or 2015.  By no means is this a guarantee for adequate water in 2016, but it is a favorable start that is far ahead of that over the past two seasons.