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Bob Larson Snow Cover Record In Lind Good News For Wheat Growers Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: May 11, 2017

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I’m Bob Larson. It’s no secret this has been a cooler, wetter winter in Washington state than we normally see. In fact, record setting in many regards, including the length of snow cover in the eastern Washington town of Lind …

BILL SCHILLINGER … “That’s correct. This year we had 76 consecutive days with snow cover. That’s a record and the previous record was 70.”

Bill Schillinger works at the WSU Dryland Research Station in Lind where he says it’s been a very good year for soil moisture in an area known to be some of the driest wheat-growing land anywhere …

BILL SCHILLINGER … “Well, yeah, throughout eastern Washington really. Just a lot of snow and it lasted a long time. There was even some snow mold in Walla Walla county, which was sort of unusual.”

Schillinger says soil conditions have growers feeling pretty optimistic about the months ahead …

BILL SCHILLINGER … “They are. Keep in mind, the wheat price is down so enthusiasm is a little bit tempered by $4 wheat. But, again, we have, to date, early May, we have excellent yield potential. So, we’ll see what happens from here out, but moisture is spot on.”

Schillinger says the records don’t stop at consecutive snow-cover days. Listen tomorrow to hear about the amount of overall precipitation that’s already fallen … with over 3 months still remaining in the current crop year. And, sadly, more potential rainfall in the forecast.

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