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David Sparks Ph.d Harvest 1
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: September 26, 2018

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In southeast Idaho, Ott Clark is seeing the potato harvest begin. "You know I think everything is looking pretty well, we are just starting potato harvest right about now, it will go for the next month or so. It has been dry and hot but everything else is looking pretty good for our area of Idaho.” In the upper Snake River region, Tyrell Bingham reports that 2018 got off to a wet start but is finishing with good results yield wise. “This year, in the beginning of the year we had some hailstorms and a lot of the rain that made the first crop a little bit difficult to put up with the alfalfa, but later in the year, our farmers are resilient, it is just in their blood to keep fighting and to keep doing what they need to do to make things work and this year, towards the end of the year, most people got their wheat wrapped up and things are coming together.” Farm Bureau commodity director Zach Miller points to market prices across the board as the one weakness in 2018. “All in all, we always like to see markets better. We are in a little bit of a challenging market price right now but I guess I would say right now the thing surely could be worse and I think that’s probably the position we should look at is that it could be worse.” Idaho produces more than 180 different commodities across 11.5 million acres of farmland. this earns the state an average of $27 billion annually.

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