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Crop Losses in Eastern Idaho Impact Economy

August and early September were the wettest since 1953 in eastern and southern Idaho, and the heavy rain caused flash floods and other problems in several communities. Agriculture was hit hard.

An economist from the University of Idaho Extension Service estimated damage to crops at over $230 million.

Much of the barley and wheat in eastern Idaho was ruined or damaged by the heavy, sudden rains. Downpours caused sprouting and added moisture to the kernels, making it unsuitable for anything other than livestock feed.

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