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Published June 01, 2010, 10:12 AM

Cold, wet weather stalls crops in Oregon

KLAMATH, Ore. — Farmers in the Klamath area say recent cold, wet weather is hurting crops.

KLAMATH, Ore. — Farmers in the Klamath area say recent cold, wet weather is hurting crops.

The National Weather Service says Klamath Falls this month had an average high of 57 degrees and a low of 32 degrees. That is lower than monthly historical averages of 65 and 37 degrees.

The Weather Service also says the Klamath area is still below its water-year average.

Dave Solem, manager of the Klamath Irrigation District, says most irrigators put about 3 inches of water on a field each time they irrigate, which is usually about every 10 to 15 days.

But Tom Mallams, a farmer and rancher in Beatty, says while the recent rain has helped, it doesn’t soak deep enough into the soil to make a real impact.

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