Recent temperatures starting water worries for local farmers

LOGAN – It’s a busy time of year for local farmers. Cache County’s extension agricultural agent Clark Israelsen said alfalfa hay is already being harvested, corn is being irrigated and grain is almost ready to harvest. He said so far there has been enough irrigation water but with so many hot days the worry about water is starting.

“We had a good snow pack and we started off with a good water year,” he said. “The crops have done well. There is some discouragement, but even with the good yields the commodity prices are depressed and so alfalfa hay, for example, it’s really hard to find a buyer. There is so much hay stacked around from last year.”

He said it looks like there will be good yields on wheat and barley but the prices on them are depressed as well. Israelsen said the corn is growing well on these hot days. He said corn loves hot weather but he hopes we have enough water to keep it irrigated.

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