August 4, 2016
A field of wheat waits for harvest just northwest of Grangeville east of Powerline Road.
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Last year’s was a brutal winter for producers in many parts of the state
The Idaho County Commission declared an agricultural disaster during the July 25 meeting “due to unusual and excessive spring moisture conditions, which have prevented the planting of approximately 31,432 acres of spring crops, specifically 28,064 acres of spring wheat, spring canola, large garbanzo beans and green peas.”
Idaho County farmers who were frustrated at the already poor wheat markets are now shaking their heads in dismay over further losses. “Now we’re seeing widespread poor falling numbers,” Brian Lorentz said. “The majority of what we’ve seen now has poor falling numbers.”