Huge delays for Northwest planting season

This year’s long and record-breaking winter has left many fields of Northwest America either frozen or flooded much later than normal and, as a result, farmers are struggling to get their seeds sown on time.

“We’ve had the longest winter ever,” said Chris Voight, director of the Washington State Potato Commission. “Normally we start planting potatoes the end of February, but this year we weren’t able to start planting until April 1.”

Northwest farmers now need to cram two and a half months’ worth of planting into a single month.

Thanks to Adoni for this link

8 thoughts on “Huge delays for Northwest planting season”

  1. Here in UK, most maincrop potatoes are not planted normally until April, stretching into early May. Crops are still harvested successfully. We are at a more northerly latitude than Washington State…..

    Only early season potatoes here are planted early in the year, in mild coastline locales like Pembrokeshire and the island of Jersey. Occasionally they fail if rare frosts cause plants to die.

    20 weeks from April 20th is 7th September, 26 weeks is 19th October.

    Unless the autumn snows come exceptionally early, I would suggest crops will still be harvested in Washington State.

    If not, climate resilience studies require back ups to potatoes, using shorter season crops to cover seasons when late snows/frosts/saturated ground preclude timely planting of potatoes.

  2. Quote:
    “We’ve had the longest winter ever,” said Chris Voight, director of the Washington State Potato Commission. “Normally we start planting potatoes the end of February, but this year we weren’t able to start planting until April 1.”

    Grand Solar Minimums (GSM) take 10 years for the effects of climate change (cooling) to be locked into fossil records in North America and Europe.

    Winters become longer, start early and finish late. Spring and Summer are much more wetter than the same seasons during a benign warm period like 1945 to 2008.

    This GSM has to finish this cycle Solar Cycle 24, possibly at the end of 2020. The next cycle (SC25) may be a much reduced 11 years long, with a full sized Sun Spot count maximum of 55. Yes, fragment short-lived spots will boost the spot count by a further 100 spots per month during Solar Max, but these produce far less UV than full sized ones.UV controls our climate by moderating the normal meridional jet stream to far more lateral streams as during the Solar Warm Period.

    Following this GSM is a seventy years Tepid period call a Gleissberg Period similar to 1890 to 1940.Farming during a Grand Solar Minimum will be very difficult, particularly in our Industrial mechanised heavy farming practise, which needs the soil to be dry to work on.This has significant implications for crop yields.

    History repeats itself. The Dalton GSM caused millions of deaths in Asia due to drought and crop failures. The climate effects of the Late Antique Little Ice Age (LALIA) 585AD and its following volcanism caused similar population reductions due to crop failure and disease.

  3. if they work together like the co ops used to do in aus they may manage to get the planting done doing round the clock teamwork, reports said they can also harvest early and take around 30%losses as the spuds are smaller than if they can wait for maturity, I cant see many who would be willing or able to afford that loss after the damage bills they have now, seems you have a month or so stockpiled stored spuds for food industry etc.
    of course seeing as usa firms unilever bought up tasmanian farms and screwed the prices so far farms went broke…Id suspect they can and will import spuds from the farms they then bought out at rockbottom prices. and still profit.
    the farmers never get a break

  4. So this is why the size of the potato chips in my bag of kettle cooked chips were so small in diameter. Not good for dipping without getting your fingers in the dip. And here I thought the potato chip company was cheapening out.

    The average person wont be paying attention until they cant get fries with their drive thru meal, and /or the electricity browns out because its too cold to drill shale gas to drive the generator plants. Coal as a resource for electricity has been decimated by the AGW Lobby.

    All food for thought. 🙂

    • FUNNY !!!! But you are correct.

      Not until the average dolt sees prices rise, and “French” fries (Pomme Frites?) are $5.95 at McDonalds, will they wake up……….

      BY the way, I really appreciate hearing the “on the ground reports” from farmers. Keep them coming. You all “walk the walk” and live it everyday and are a great source of the real news.

  5. This is very surprising. I live in Western Washington State. The climate here is not typical of Central Washington, where the big agriculture is, but I must say it has been the balmiest winter and spring I can recall for the last 35 years.

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