Wheat farmers in northeast Oregon have been battling dry conditions all year and are happy to see 2014 ending wet.
The East Oregonian reports the Pendleton area got 2.7 inches of precipitation in December, about double the average. The snowpack in the Umatilla Basin was boosted to 74 percent of normal. It was 50 percent going into the month.
Most of the wheat crop in Umatilla County is planted without irrigation, and it took a beating with a particularly dry spring and below-average precipitation from March to August. The cost to farmers is estimated at 2.5 million bushels.
The current crop was planted in dry conditions, and even with a wet December, the region still has a large moisture deficit.