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

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: September 12, 2019

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All throughout Idaho at this time of year crops are being harvested. That includes wheat, sugar beets, corn, garden vegetables, hay, you name it, we got it, and we're bringing it in. Martin Poxleitner is a farmer who is trying to harvest canola on the Camas prairie outside of Grangeville. The conditions have been a challenge. Persistent afternoon rains have pushed the harvest back.

"You know, it's looking pretty good. It's clean, pretty uniform in height. Overall, I think it looks like it will be a pretty nice, pretty nice spring canola crop."

This year the harvests on the Camas have been going well. But farmers say the big problem is finding enough workers just to get the harvest in.

"One of our biggest challenges in agriculture. I got a fairly small operation where I only need to hire about three or four people to help me with harvest. But just trying to find qualified people to come help you for seasonal work, you're only going to use them for two to three, four weeks out of the year. And it's hard to get somebody that can break away from their day job."

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