Idaho Wheat Off to Slow Start
Lewiston—Farmers on the Palouse are off to a slow start after a cool spring and a series of late season storms soaked the prairie.
Travis Jones of the Idaho Grain Producers Association told the Capitol Press that spring wheat plantings and general fieldwork are off by a week in some areas, up to two weeks along the Clearwater drainage due to heavy snow in March and April showers.
The delay doesn't seem to be affecting farmers planing wheat or barley according to Jones. "Prices continue to hover in the $4.50 to $5 (per bushel) range, depending on how far you are from your point in sale," Jones said. "That's a continual concern for producers, and acreage is down, but that's to be expected, given that last year was such a high water mark."
Famers near Cottonwood spent the day watching their fields dry after heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday, but with only a chance of rain between now and Monday, they hope to spend the weekend getting caught up.