Drought persists, requires adjustments and acceptance


September 20, 2023

A tractor plowing a field with dust billowing out behind it.

Nancy Crowell

DUST IN THE WIND - Top soil billows out behind a tractor as a field along Best Road is plowed on a dry day.

"We know we're contending with Mother Nature every year," said Michael Hughes, a partner in Hughes Farm. That knowledge does not make farming any easier, especially when the river is low and the rains don't fall. This year's drought has produced mixed effects while forcing adjustments and acceptance. Skagit County has been in a state-declared drought since July 24. The county is also experiencing its sixth driest year to date, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System. Farmers with junior water rights faced their earliest curtailment from pumping out of the Skagit River....

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