- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon wheat farmers are hoping to delay summer in order to see a better harvest this year.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/zcKRay ) that officials say cooler temperatures and rain in the coming weeks would be critical to producing a healthy crop.

Most wheat is in what’s known as the grain-fill period in June, when plants divert moisture and nutrients to make plump, healthy kernels. Without rain, the grain will have a lower test weight and overall yield.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Umatilla County harvested 11.3 million bushels of winter wheat in 2015, and 3 million bushels in Morrow County. In 2012, before three years of drought settled in, the totals were 16.3 million bushels in Umatilla County and 5.4 million in Morrow County.


Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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