Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Idaho Ag off to a slow start


Homedale--Farmer Pat Takasugi of Homedale says forecasters got their cool, wet temperatures that they had hoped for in February, now he hopes for heat and sunshine. He says his onion crop has stalled because of cold weather and is unable to fight off pests.

“Bugs, disease, whenever you get a situation where the onion sits in the ground they’re vulnerable to everything, “said Takasugi, “that’s the vulnerable stage. We’re seeing just that, thinning stands of onions and it needs to be warming up; a normal summer?” He laughs,” Haven’t seen one in a while.”

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