Cool, wet weather creates challenge for OR farmers
Monday, May 30, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The cool, wet spring weather is creating challenges for Oregon farmers for the second year in a row.
Growers are catching up on their planting but keeping a keen eye on the weather.
Stuart Olson, part-owner of Olson Farms southeast of Salem, says this year reminds him of a series of late planting years when he farmed in the 1970s.
Olson says it looks like the farm is about 10 to 12 days behind normal on everything. He anticipates strawberries won't be ready until June 15-20.
A meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Portland office says it's normally about 70 degrees this time of year, so temperatures have been about 10 degrees below normal. And rain has been about a tenth of an inch above average.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com