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By Beka Compton
The Times 

Drought conditions persist, insurance provides


Beka Compton

Wheatfields outside of Waitsburg showing signs of distress.

WASHINGTON-Crop insurance is a complex topic, but it may come in handy for area farmers as they ride out the fifth driest year since data recording began in 1894. Rainfall is down 2.94 inches from an average year, according to the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), resulting in lower yields for many dryland producers.

According to data from the NIDIS, which can be accessed at, April 2021 has been the second driest month since the system began recording data in Walla Walla 127 years ago. One hundred percent of Walla Walla has experienced a D0-dryness level,...

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