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Ag News | August 28, 2021

Ag News Roundup: August 29th, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, southern Oregon receives aid from neighbors, farmers and ranchers calculate losses due to Bootleg Fire, what to plant as a fall cover crop, drought devastates Washington wheat, and La Niña could reduce drought conditions.

Hay and Feed Donations Reach Southern Oregon Via Convoy  

From the Capital Press, hay, feed and more have been donated to farmers, ranchers and others affected by this year’s drought and fires. The donations reached a region just south of Klamath Falls, Oregon in mid-August by convoy.

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Ranchers Size Up Losses from Bootleg Fire

While the Bootleg Fire has burned over 400-thousand acres, ranchers and farmers in the region have begun to estimate their losses in terms of land, livestock, and infrastructure.

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How to Plan Fall Cover Crops

According to Oregon State University Extension Service, now is the right time to begin planning cover crops for the fall. The experts suggest growing crops that will add organic matter and aeration to the soil.

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Worst Drought Since 1977 Devastates Washington Wheat Crops

From the Associated Press and Seattle Times, many wheat harvests in Washington state have been devastated by the ongoing drought. Some farmers and ranchers are calling this the worst crop in over 30 years.

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La Niña May Bring Much Needed Precipitation    

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there is a good chance a La Niña system could boost precipitation throughout the Pacific Northwest this fall and winter. It’s hoped this will bring relief to farmers, ranchers, and others in areas affected by the ongoing drought.

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