Oregon weather threatens agriculture industry


While most of the United States copes with oppressive heat, Oregon farmers are dealing with cool, wet weather that is pushing crops back.

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While most of the United States copes with oppressive heat, Oregon farmers are dealing with cool, wet weather that is pushing crops back.

Across the Pacific Northwest, farmers like Dennis Glaser are nervously watching their bottom lines as they cope with a year of cool, damp weather that has caused late cherry crops, spoiled peaches and the threat that world-class grass seed could fail to dry out and germinate before it reaches the market.

“I don’t recall it ever being quite this bad,” said Glaser, 64, who farms land that’s been in his family since the year before he was born. “We’ve had wet springs, but it usually stops at some point on the way.”

Not this year. Oregon grass seed is at least 10 days behind, and more rain would delay it further. Next week’s forecast shows some cloudy days.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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