East Oregonian: Dry Weather Could Stymie Winter Wheat

East Oregonian | Jan. 16, 2014 3:55 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 17, 2014 10:35 a.m.

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Farmers across northeast Oregon count on early season precipitation to help fill reservoirs and sprout a healthy dryland wheat crop by summer harvest.

So far, Mother Nature has been stingy.

“Normally we get a lot of winter snow or moisture, and we just haven’t seen that,” said Ken Grieb, a Morrow County commissioner and wheat farmer near Lexington. “We’re going to need some moisture, for darn sure. We’re very dry.”

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