Seed yields wither

Willamette Valley grass seed growers are seeing yields off up to 50%.

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Willamette Valley grass seed growers are experiencing yields down 25-50% this season.

A cold and wet spring is generally blamed for the low yields, some of the worst that farmers have seen.

Seed produced on the hard clay soils prominent in the south Willamette Valley, was particularly hard hit.

“It’s not good,” [tall fescue seed grower John] Langdon said. “We didn’t need a bumper crop, however, farmers had a tough last couple of years, and I think a lot of operating loans are going to be hanging out there for three years now.”

Read more at Capital Press.

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