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Eastern Oregon Wheat Growth Stunted by Lack of Rain

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Frost and lack of moisture are taking a toll on the eastern Oregon wheat harvest.
    
Extension soil scientist Don Wysocki says the total precipitation for the crop year, stretching back to last fall, is about 70 percent of normal.
    
He says that is making for what he calls a "far below-average harvest."
    
An unexpected May frost hit Umatilla County growers hard, and mid-June rains arrived too late to rescue wheat from the stress.

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