Arrival of Summer Brings Promise of Relief

Arrival of Summer Brings Promise of Relief

Higher temperatures, dry fields arrive with summer for Oregon farmers.

Temperatures did not change much in late June for Oregon farmers, but summer's arrival did begin to see increased warm days and dry fields.

Low temperatures in late June ranged from 27 degrees in Christmas Valley to 49 in The Dalles as farmer struggled with tardy planting and fields too wet to enter.

Higher temperatures throughout the state spurred growers to launch into much delayed planting, despite continued precipitation at measuring stations.

Field crops progressed "significantly" thanks to warmer weather in the late month, notes the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Portland, Ore.

Winter wheat started to bloom, grass seed crops were pollinating, and hay crops grew well with first cuttings possible in some areas of the state, says the NASS.

Warmer conditions also helped vegetable growth, and growers in Douglas County were able to complete planting. Sweet corn and cannery crops were still being planted in Washington and Yamhill counties, however.

Fruit crops continued to mature  but about three weeks later than normal, NASS say of the late June period. More favorable weather in the third week of June allowed orchard field work to progress after substantial delays.

Sweet cherries continued to have  problems coloring up  in Yamhill County, and reports have been noted of possible losses to tart cherry crops.

Wasco County reports slow ripening of sweet cherries, along with expected harvest start up in late June.

Tree fruits seem to be experiencing moderate to lower crops in Lane County with reports of powdery mildew and scab "looking very bad," according to the NASS report.

In livestock, animals appear to be doing well statewide across Oregon but cool weather and rain perhaps extending the grazing season. Coos and Curry counties reported higher forage value compared to average for this time of the year, but grasses were heading up and declining in value, NASS notes.

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