Wet spring providing good summer for statewide wheat industry
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. -- 2012 is shaping up to be one the best years for Washington's wheat industry.
There are several reasons why on the local and national level. According to experts in the wheat industry, extra rain this Spring saved crops that badly needed moisture.
Also, a severe drought affecting much of the country has destroyed crops in other places dropping supply and increases local demand.
Despite what seems to be good news, local growers like Walter Neff are cautiously celebrating, "We know what it's like to be in a drought. This is a droughty area we live in. We just had been blessed with extra moisture and nobody wants to see anybody have a hard time like they're having back there," explains Neff.
The extra Spring rain had a good and bad effect on Neff's wheat crop.
Two varieties of Winter wheat, Junction and Trifecta did very well. But extra rain led to stem rot that destroyed almost 50 percent of his Buhl variety.