• Informal grain export controls by Russia were put into place last week, a move speculated this month to try to help the domestic needs and economy of Russia.

    Reuters reported the move was an attempt to protect domestic supply—a move that is putting big deals at risk. Russia's main wheat buyers are Turkey, Iran and Egypt which is very vulnerable to supply disruption.

    The ongoing economic situation in Russia has brought some confusion to US wheat markets in recent weeks.

  • Facing years of recovery efforts, orchardists and ranchers are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources.

    The Brewster fire caused one death and millions of dollars in losses of 300 homes, 900 to 1,000 cattle, 500 miles of fencing and millions of board feet of timber.

    So far, more than 150 people have filed claims against the state. Under state law, people have three years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit. DNR has denied those claims, saying in letters that it is not liable since it acted to suppress and prevent the fires.