Early July freeze tempers wheat farmers' optimism 

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Early July freeze tempers wheat
farmers' optimism
 
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28 Jul 08 – Colfax, Washington – Temperatures the night of July 10 dipped into the mid-20s and nipped spring crops across the Palouse.

"Even froze gardens in Pullman," said farmer Randy Suess.

Farming is wedded to weather, and this year is no different for the state's upcoming billion-dollar harvest. Winter snows and a cool, wet spring aided wheat that was planted last fall. But the late spring and summer, topped by the surprise freeze, left farmers wondering about the wheat they seeded in April.

Standing next to spring wheat that's taller than 3 feet, Suess anticipates the freeze will cut his yield by 15 percent.

The late planting and mid-July freeze also touched rotation crops such as peas, lentils and chickpeas.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/breaking/story.asp?ID=15871
Thanks to Robert Bissett for this info

               “Is this a new record? Not sure,” says Robert, “the
              article  doesn't mention that. However, from the chart
              (link below) it looks like the previous record low in
              Colfax for July was 33.0 degrees set on 07/29/54.”

               
http://weather.yahoo.com/climo/USWA0085_f.html


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