Area farmers eke out above-average year

With his hopper filled to the brim, a Tammany area farmer offloads winter wheat to a bankout wagon near Mann Lake last week. Experts say it was an above-average year for the region’s wheat growers.

This year’s farming season had its challenges — both from Mother Nature and Washington, D.C.

In the end, producers in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington enjoyed good overall crop yields, survived threats from trade wars with China and now are looking at wheat prices a dollar ahead of the past two years.

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