In today’s Ag News Roundup, carbon storage could mean cash for farmers, OSU shares tips to reduce salmonella on sprouted foods, zero water allocation from Upper Klamath Lake, northwest hay stocks down, and the western U.S. continues to dry out
Carbon Storage Could Deliver Cash for Farmers
From Capital Press, U.S. farmers are finding some profit in planning offseason cereals and grasses. According to experts, keeping the ground covered year-round can help the environment, which could enable some farmers to get paid for storing greenhouse gasses.
OSU Helps Lower the Risk of Salmonella on Sprouted Foods
Oregon State University has issued a study citing that soaking sprouted foods in cold water can lower the risk of salmonella growth. The new finding is a simple update to the current practice of soaking grains, nuts, or seeds overnight at room temperature.
Zero Water Allocation Planned from Upper Klamath Lake
According to Capital Press, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has shut down irrigation for much of the Klamath Project and allotting no surface water from Upper Klamath Lake.
Northwest Hay Stocks Down
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and NASS (National Agriculture Statistics Service) has projected that hay stocks will be down overall in the Pacific Northwest. As of early May, Idaho was down 16%, Oregon down 27%, and Washington was up 38%.
West Continues Toward Drought
According to Pacific Northwest Ag, much of the western U.S. is drying out thanks to the premature melting of snow packs. The USDA has stated that some snowmelt is not making it to rivers and streams but is being soaked into the soil.