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Rain interrupts completion of haying

hay bales in field


hay bales in field



With haying currently in progress and moving towards completion, farmers are eyeing the beginning of harvest for other crops. Cutting could begin towards the end of July for fields of barley, canola and winter wheat.

University of Idaho county extension educator Jim Church said he estimates haying to be 85 to 90 percent completed.

“I’d say we are probably 90 percent done,” he said. “Then the rains came and we stalled out.”

And with crews watching the fields in anticipation of the next harvest, the rain is welcome. And as Church put it, “it’s good, very good.”

Last year this time, Church said, farmers already were cutting winter wheat and canola. The dry weather was the biggest contributing factor and this year the moisture is more normal.

According to weather.com, the forecast calls for clear days and no moisture Thursday, July 14, through Thursday, July 21, in Grangeville. The same weather is forecasted for Kooskia, Riggins, Greencreek and Cottonwood. The lack of moisture in the forecast should allow farmers to complete haying.

Idaho County winter wheat planted in 2014 was 60,100 acres. Farmers harvested 56,400 acres in 2014, with a yield of 76.7 bushels per acre. Lewis County farmers planted 73,000 acres of winter wheat; and harvested 68,800 with a yield of 66.2 bushels per acre. Nez Perce, Clearwater and Adams counties all declined to report numbers. Valley and Lemhi Counties reported zero acres planted in 2014.

Idaho winter wheat planted in 2014, the last year the statistics were available, was 780,000 acres. Farmers harvested 730,000 acres in 2014, with a yield of 80.0 bushels per acre. Average price in 2014 was $6.03 per bushel.

Idaho canola planted in 2014 was 35,000 acres. Farmers harvested 34,000 acres that year, with a yield of 1,800 pounds per acre. Average price in 2014 was $16 per hundredweight. No statistics were available for the county.

Idaho County farmers planted 12,400 acres of barley in 2014. Farmers harvested 12,300 acres in 2014, with a yield of 67.9 bushels per acre. Lewis County farmers planted 9,300 acres of barley; and harvested 9,200 with a yield of 75.1 bushels per acre. Clearwater County farmers planted 700 acres of barley; and harvested 700 with a yield of 45.7 bushels per acre. Nez Perce, Adams and Lemhi counties all declined to report numbers. Valley County reported zero acres planted in 2014.

Idaho farmers planted 600,000 acres of barley in 2014. Farmers harvested 550,000 acres, with a yield of 94.0 bushels per acre. Average price in 2014 was $5.11 per bushel.



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