Farm report: Dry, with warm weather while water stays scarce


October 19, 2022

A long dry season has been a mixed blessing for local farmers.

Back in June, when the Skagit Valley was so cold and drenched some fields could not even be planted, Dean Swanson thought we would never hit 80 degrees.

“Farmers asked for a warm dry fall to recover from the late start,” he said, “but we forgot to ask for a couple of timely rains.”

Fortunately, copious spring rains gave plants a good start. A deep snowpack kept river levels high all summer, making more water available for irrigating corn, pasture and potatoes. Heat helped.

While Swanson’s early June strawberries we...

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