Crop Outlook In Idaho And Eastern Oregon Off To A Strong Start

Jun 6, 2018

Last year, the cold and wet winter evolved into a cold and wet spring, presenting a swath of challenges for producers. But milder conditions have prevailed so far this season. According to the Capital Press, growers from Nyssa to New Plymouth are reporting a good start to the summer.

Timing is everything with crops like onions, sugar beets and wheat. Farmers were able to spray their crops before recent winds picked up in May, while spring bouts of rain and sun have been nicely spaced out.

According to the USDA, Idaho’s onion crops are further along this year as compared to last year. Spring wheat and potatoes are also growing well.

And with reservoirs in southwest Idaho and eastern Oregon nearly full, farmers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing their crops should have water all season long.

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