Crops suffer heavy losses; county declares disaster
The Idaho County Commission declared a drought disaster at the Tuesday meeting, Aug. 4, and informed Gov. Butch Otter’s office that local crop yields – including hay, barley, canola and wheat have been hit with heavy losses.
Lewiston & Cottonwood
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Benewah, Bonner, Clearwater, Kootenai and Latah counties in Idaho as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.
Cottonwood Livestock Auction — July 10, 2015; GRAIN MARKET GRANGEVILLE (CHS Primeland) July 14, 2015.
After an early start and a quick dryout due to several 100-plus degree days earlier this month, harvest was all set to begin three weeks to a month ahead of schedule. But recent storms have set back many area winter wheat producers.
“Open range disputes between crop and cattle producers could be an issue in our area,” said Jonathan Rosenau, Idaho County state director for Idaho Grain Producers Association.
The hay harvest is progressing really nicely and it is about two to three weeks early this year. Reported yields have varied depending on location but most growers are reporting a reduction in tonnage produced per acre.
Idaho County Farm Service Agency can help to improve the financial security of farmers and ranchers who are just starting out through a new online resource, www.USDA.gov/newfarmers.
Nominations are due by Aug. 3 for open positions on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees.
June 12 report from Cottonwood Livestock Auction; June 10 report from Lewiston Livestock Auction; June 16 report from CHS Primeland of Grangeville.
June 9 reports from Cottonwood Livestock Auction and CHS Primeland of Grangeville.
Operation monitoring is well-done by those who know it best: their owners.
Range, pastures improved tremendously due to rain; alfalfa harvest in mid-month
A pretty ground cover of white flowers? Think again, say state noxious weed officials, as chances are way better than average you are actually seeing an infestation of a particularly bad invasive, noxious weed known as Hoary Cress, which goes by its common name of Whitetop.
The tradition of spring branding is much anticipated by ranchers. It has come time to turn cattle out on grass after a long winter of feeding hay.