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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Soft white top crop in Whitman County


January 28, 2021

COLFAX — The USDA Farm Service Agency reported the largest planted crop last fall in Whitman County is soft white winter wheat.

About 95 percent of acreage was reported by Dec. 15, tracking a list of crops and other uses for land.

The largest is soft white winter wheat at 285,664 acres planted.

The second highest number was 116,297 acres in native grass -- representing area never planted and containing sagebrush lands, shrub-steppe, and the breaks of the Snake River. Much of this is used for grazing.

“It’s being harvested by a cow rather than a machine,” said Dwaine Schettler, FSA...

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