Farmers Are Closely Watching The Moisture Levels


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) As we move into the 2013 growing season, farmers and the agriculture community are closely watching moisture levels in the soil.

"As of February 1st, NRCS, The National Resource Conversation Service, on their website, had us above normal for this time of year," said Tony McCammon of the University of Idaho Extension Office.

Despite the fact that officials had to fix a leak at the Magic Valley Reservoir even the reservoir is in good shape as we head into the spring growing season.

"We're going to have a great load. Our water is going to be saturated as we go into the growing season. Which would be good," said Tony McCammon.

But while the excess water this winter is good for most of us, it could create some problems for the farming community.

"One of the things we might have a problem with, is being able to get out and till. We don't want to till when it's so wet. So getting the seed in the ground might be our biggest adversity this spring if we continue to have the moisture we've been receiving," said Tony McCammon.

A break in the precipitation will go a long way to help kick off planting this spring.

"We want to start seeing some dry off. We have the moisture. As long as the moisture stays in the mountain we are good. But we need to start getting our soils dried out so we can get and start working our soils and getting our compost in and move in with our seeds after that,” said Tony McCammon.

Closely watching the water to project how the crop yield will be.