Winter Wheat Looking Great | Business
The Inland Empire's wet spring is doing great things for this year's winter wheat crop. While many people were grumbling during the month of March because of a seemingly never ending train of rain and snow storms, area wheat farmers, at least those with winter wheat, were loving it.
Winter wheat is planted in the fall and sits in the fields throughout the winter waiting to grow. As with all farming, it can be risky business. If there isn't sufficient snow cover during the coldest temperatures, the wheat can be killed off. If there isn't enough moisture in the ground, the yield can drop significantly.
This year's wet March appears to have provided an ample amount of moisture and farmers say this year's crop is looking great.
As for spring wheat, it's still too early to tell how the crop will far this year.
The wet spring kept many farmers from being able to get out in the fields and plant.
The Washington Grain Alliance expects there to be about 145 million bushels of wheat harvested this year.
Wheat farming in Eastern Washington employs about 25,000 people with most of the farms being small, family owned.