Wet spring a concern for valley farmers

Wet spring a concern for valley farmers

n this photo taken July 22, 2011, Dennis Glaser, 64, of Tangent, Ore., stands in his field of premium rye grass in Tangent, Ore. Across the Northwest, farmers like Glaser are watching their bottom lines as they cope with a year of cool, wet weather causing late cherry crops, spoiled peaches and world-class grass seed that could germinate before it ever reaches the market. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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by AP

kgw.com

Posted on April 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 12:51 PM

ALBANY, Ore. -- The weather is rarely perfect for farmers, and this spring has proved to be no exception in the Willamette Valley.

The Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper reports that the mid-Willamette Valley had 11.5 inches of rain in March, more than double the average rainfall for the month.

The valley is home to a great variety of crops, and Harrisburg farmer Kevin Seifert says each is affected by standing water to some degree. Besides the rain, farmers are also dealing with cooler-than-normal temperatures.

Seifert says the crops are trying to grow, but need more heat. Seifert says most of the grass seed fields should be OK if the weather breaks soon. But rain is in the forecast for much of this week.

------ Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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