By ROBERT S. MERRILL
While May wasn’t a wet month, the community received more water than it has since December 2012. But things have been hot and dry so far in June.
“We received 1.72 inches of rain in May. Yet it was still below the normal of 2.20 of an inch,” said King Smith, who keeps official weather records in the Preston area for the National Weather Service. “That is not bad. But when you are as far behind as we are it is not what we needed.”
Smith said the timing of the last rain was almost perfect for area farmers.
“Now we will have about two weeks of dry, hot weather so the farmer’s can get their first-crop hay in.”
That sentiment was echoed by Lauritz Smith, a watermaster for Twin Lakes Irrigation Company. He said the dry weather will prevent rain damage on the hay.
“First crop hay isn’t too bad. But it isn’t great either. Some farmers have cut their fields and some have even baled it,” he said. “I’m sure this week things will be going full throttle.”
Lauritz said a combination of factors have come into play to hold back hay tonnage.
“We had some early frost damage that stunted things a little. We had deep soil moisture that was less than ideal. And weevil have made their presence known,” he said.
This story is sponsored by Willow Valley Urgent Care Clinic.
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