Last year, farmers and ranchers in southeast Idaho had a hard time getting crops in the ground because of persistent wet weather. This year they’re facing the opposite problem, as weeks have passed without substantial rainfall.
University of Idaho agricultural economist Paul Patterson says irrigated areas in the region are faring well because of water left in storage from last year. But dryland farmers, whose croplands aren’t irrigated, are less fortunate. Those south of the Snake River in Power, Bannock and Oneida Counties appear to be hardest hit.