Harvest Lags In Extremes

A year of extremes is taking its toll on the wheat harvest across Eastern Oregon, with untimely frost and continued lack of rain expected to reduce yields for most farmers in the area.

Don Wysocki, extension soil scientist with Oregon State University’s Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center in Pendleton, said the crop is coming up short primarily due to an unusually dry spring and winter.

Total precipitation is about 70 percent of normal for the crop year beginning Sept. 1, 2012, Wysocki said. That means a shortfall of about four inches, which has a majority of wheat plants growing about 60-75 percent of average height.

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