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David Sparks Ph.d Fall Harvest
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: September 25, 2018

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It’s fall harvest and Idaho agriculture is a landscape of crop harvest. North Idaho regional manager Bob Smathers reports a mostly dry summer with good growing results in 2018.

“I think yields are pretty good. We haven’t seen a lot of rain since early June so in some areas they are down a little bit but I think probably just a little above average in most areas for garbanzos and for wheat.” Southwest regional manager Brody Miller says Idaho’s most diverse farming region, the Treasure Valley, has seen much the same. “Everything I am hearing from farmers is that yields are good, prices are not where they want them to be but the yields are there.” And Zach Lanier of the South Central region says milk producers are struggling while sugar beet and potato farmers begin the annual fall dig. “Across the nation milk production is up but that’s just a big fight we are going through. Wheat production went really well, the heat gave us a little scare but for the most part yields were pretty good. The potatoes and the sugar beets are looking really good, they just started digging here recently.”

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