Rain pushes back Oregon vegetable planting


For the second year in a row, a late, wet spring is pushing back vegetable planting times for Oregon farmers.

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For the second year in a row, a late, wet spring is pushing back vegetable planting times for Oregon farmers.

The result could be a loss of production by the end of the season.

Manuel Silveira, vice president of agricultural service for Norpac Foods, said the cooperative had to cancel some corn contracts last year because rain in the spring pushed back harvest to the point the cannery ran out of production time.

Already this spring, Silveira said, Norpac has shifted a sizable amount of pea production out of the valley to Eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington. And the co-op fears the weather might not clear up soon enough to get bean and corn acres planted in a timely fashion.

“We’re roughly two weeks behind schedule,” Silveira said May 2.

Read more at Capital Press.

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