Reardan farmers hope for snow to help crops

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 10 at 10:40 PM

REARDAN, Wash.--The recent cold spell has some local farmers wishing for snow. Some farmers said the extreme cold could be devastating to their crops. 

The farmer at Coulee Creek Farms said the sudden drop in temperatures is already drying out his crops. He is wishing for snow. 

"I wish it was snowing right now, it would give it nice insulation over the soil and it pulls the frost back out of the ground," said Kurt Carstens, owner of Coulee Creek Farms. 

Carstens is hoping his wheat crops make it through the winter. 

"The ones that are really cold and flat just laying right down on the surface of the ground. That's just the plant trying to protect itself," said Carstens.

The extreme weather could be a big set back. 

"It's drying out the surface of the ground and it's making it so the plants are actually dehydrating and that's what kills them," said Carstens.

Farmers rely on the snow to protect their crops. 

"It keeps the ground from freezing and protects the plants from freezing up," said Carstens.

Carstens' family has produced wheat since the 1800s. He said he has not experienced a cold snap like the December 2013 one since 1992.

Carstens is a dry land farmer which means he relies solely on the weather. He said 2012 was an exceptionally good year because it snowed through most of the winter. 
 

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