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Ag News | May 22, 2021

Ag News Roundup: May 23rd, 2021

In today’s Ag News Roundup, planting veggies takes special timing, hornet FAQs shared, drought continues in Northwest, Oregon wild horses being culled, and cherry harvest projections look promising.

Timing When to Plant Vegetables Paramount, Say Experts

According to Oregon State University Extension Service, planting seeds and starts at the wrong time can cause a lot of headaches throughout the growing season. The experts caution not to plant anything too early to avoid rot, slow germination, or stunted growth.   

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Washington States Shares Info Regarding Hornet Quarantine

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has prepared and shared a list of FAQs regarding the proposal to quarantine a large number of hornet species in the state. The proposed quarantines could require landowners and homeowners to give access to WSDA to infested areas.

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Northwest Drought Continues

The Pacific Northwest Ag Network is reporting that Oregon, Washington and Idaho are all continuing to experience ongoing and worsening drought conditions. Oregon appears to be the driest, with 26% of the state experiencing extreme drought and 4% of the state in exceptional drought. Nearly 20% of Washington state and 12% of Idaho are under an extreme drought warning.

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Wild Horse Herd to be Culled

The U.S. Forest Service plans to eliminate half of the 120 wild horses in Central Oregon’s Ochoco National Forest per a 2021 Ochoco Wild Horse Management proposal. The plan is to return the herd to more sustainable numbers.

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Cherry Growers Release Crop Projections

The Northwest Cherry Growers have projected the 2021 crop at 237,992 tons, with harvest expected to start June 1, 2021. The growers association says the numbers can vary depending on frost damage that may have occurred in April.  

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