Nash: Water Shortages, Input Costs, Making Hay Hard To Find

It’s a story that livestock producers are familiar with up and down the west coast; a widespread hay shortage, or difficulty finding enough quality hay. Todd Nash, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said there are a number of factors impacting Oregon growers; most notably, ongoing drought. “There’s a few isolated areas that have gotten […]

Brown Oregon Needs To Prepare For A Bad Wildfire Season

We’re still in the month of May, but officials in Salem are already sounding the alarm about the 2022 wildfire season. Oregon Governor Kate Brown said during a recent press conference conditions are ripe for another bad fire year. “Already this year, I have declared drought emergencies in 15 counties. This is the most I […]

Pasture & Rangeland Conditions Near Record Levels

It is the lowest US pasture and rangeland conditions in the 21st century. “This breaks the record that was set just last year.  And previously our lowest spring pattern rangeland conditions occurred in the wake of the great 2012 drought in the Spring of 2013.” USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says that’s despite improvements in the […]

Brown Declares Drought In Four Oregon Counties

On Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought in Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties. The declaration directs state agencies to coordinate and prioritize assistance to the region. “Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties are facing historic challenges from drought conditions that are creating hardships for the people, farms, ranches, communities, and ecosystems of the […]

Despite April Storms Oviatt Still Cautious About Oregon Snowpack

According to one expert, while the higher elevations of Oregon saw substantial snow over the past four weeks, the state is not out of the drought woods by any stretch of the imagination. Scott Oviatt with NRCS Oregon said snowpacks across the state have increased considerably from the numbers reported in early April. However, he […]

Central Oregon’s Crooked River Reporting Near Record Low Levels

With the Crooked River at near record low levels, Central Oregon’s Prineville Reservoir is at just 28%, the lowest level ever recorded this time of year. The Bureau of Reclamation’s Christine Schuldheisz, said the reservoir filled to just 62% capacity last year, contributing to the current shortfall. “So, we’re starting this year with a very […]

KWU: Federal Plan Leaves Southern Oregon Growers With Few Options

The federal government’s 2022 Klamath Project Operations Plan includes redirecting irrigation water to artificially augment flows 40 miles downstream in the Klamath River. Paul Simmons with the Klamath Water Users Association said a large number of farmers and ranchers on at least 50,000 acres in southern Oregon will not have a single drop of water this […]

Drought Conditions Unchanged After Wet Week

Despite all of the rain and even snow the region received over the past week, conditions remain very dry. According to the latest drought numbers from the USDA, Oregon’s soil moisture numbers remained unchanged this week. Data released Thursday shows, over 90% of the state is Abnormally Dry for this time of year, with over […]

Several NW Counties Designated As Disaster Areas

On Tuesday, the USDA designated a host of counties across the Pacific Northwest as Primary Natural Disaster areas due to drought conditions. Idaho counties that were designated include: Ada Canyon Cassia Clark Elmore Idaho Owyhee Payette Washington   Meanwhile, in Oregon, the USDA designated the following counties: Baker Coos Curry Douglas Gilliam Grant Harney Jackson […]