“I’m sure growers at the January (American Hop Convention in Florida) will demand more hops that can stand up better against wildfire smoke, heat and drought,” said Peter Weathers, a grower in Salem, Ore., whose hop fields this year saw heat losses.
Southern Oregon growers, in contrast, suffered. July 19, Talent Irrigation District shut off canals, followed by Medford Irrigation District Aug. 1. These shutoffs, exacerbated by heat waves, meant smaller fruit.
ODFW closed steelhead angling earlier this month. Jason Seals, district biologist for the Lower Deschutes, said extending the closure will ensure the protection of steelhead for the remainder of this year’s run.
Winter wheat production in Oregon was 31.7 million bushels, down 32% from last year, with yield estimated at 45 bushels per acre, down 30% from 64 bushels per acre in 2020.
The Land Trust will also plant more native milkweed and other native pollinator-friendly plants in two of its major Central Oregon restoration projects: one along Whychus Creek at Rimrock Ranch and the other in Prineville at Ochoco Preserve.
Google is negotiating to build two more data centers in The Dalles, seeking access to a lot more water and a new package of tax breaks in exchange for spending hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its facilities on the site of a former aluminum smelter.
Stone said the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act is a good first step to providing much-needed financial aid for producers, while acknowledging heat as a disaster for farms alongside events such as fires, hurricanes and ice storms.
Restoring steelhead runs a wide range of activities are underway with a goal of bolstering steelhead runs to Columbia River tributaries.
Last month, the state’s Water Resources Department approved a transfer of 3,750 acre-feet of water from the Wood River and Crooked Creek in the Upper Klamath Basin to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge for five years.