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By Jana Mathia
Gazette Editor 

Capitalizing on PNW sunshine increases wheat weight, yields


COLFAX – “Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey,” the song goes. But local researchers are finding it is the sun that is the Pacific Northwest’s most reliable and untapped asset in increasing wheat yields.

It has long been assumed it is the amount of water that dictates the yield on wheat, but the amount of water in a given year is one of the most unreliable factors.

Not so with sunshine, and utilizing that sunshine is showing to improve yields by 10 percent according to research by The McGregor Company.

“We have huge environmental potential, yet our region has one of the biggest...

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