Rain Helping Farmers

HARRISBURG, Ore. — After a dry January, farmers are breathing a sigh of relief this week because they are finally getting the rain the soils need. Though some farm lands are seeing a bit of flooding, crop growers in the Willamette Valley are saying they are happy to see the rain. Detering Orchards, a farm … Continue reading »

Farmers Keeping Calm in Face of Drought

TALENT, Ore. — Drought-like conditions continue throughout the state of Oregon, and some farmers say they are starting to grow concerned, but they are not ready to declare a disaster quite yet. Only a little over half of an inch of rain has fallen in the Rogue Valley this year, but farmers are remaining optimistic. … Continue reading »

Three-Quarters Oregon in Severe Drought

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report indicates that almost 75 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, and scientists are worried about this winter’s trends. “Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “We’ve seen a dry November and … Continue reading »

Lakes Dry Up as Lack of Rain Continues

APPLEGATE, Ore. — It’s the driest year on record for most of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Lakes and rivers in the area are drying up, and there is no help in sight. The Applegate Reservoir is usually filled to the brim with water, but right now it’s nothing more than a muddy desert. “We’re … Continue reading »

Drought Conditions Worsen Across Oregon

WESTERN OREGON — Oregon is known for its beautiful landscapes, rich agriculture and summer recreation, but this year the lack of rain is posing a threat to all three of those areas. Eugene is 15.71 inches below average in rainfall year to date and is under a drought watch. Much of southern and eastern Oregon … Continue reading »

USDA to Buy Meat During Drought

(CNN) — The Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers. The purchase for food banks and other federal food nutrition programs will help producers struggling with the high cost of feed. The Obama administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest … Continue reading »

Local Christmas Tree Farms Doing OK

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Christmas tree farmers in the Midwest are feeling the burn of the drought this year.  The dry weather is killing off many of their new seedlings. Although Oregon isn’t experiencing a drought, recent hot weather and the lack of rain has affected some of the new local Christmas trees planted this year. … Continue reading »

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