Record snow, rains bode well for Malheur County economy

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE — Pittsburgh had its steel and in Texas it was oil but for Malheur County the lifeblood of its economy is water.

And this year there will be plenty of the wet stuff, a sharp contrast to previous growing seasons when drought conditions existed in area reservoirs and irrigation canals.

Ample water means a good year for local farmers.

“That means we will plant every acre that we were planning on. The last couple of years we had to lay some fields off and we had to be a little more selective with our rotations,” said Nyssa armer Dan Corn said.

Crop rotation is important, Malheur County Extension Agent Stuart Reitz said.

“The last couple of years, back when we had low water allotments, it forced a lot of ground to be left fallow. Then that meant people swapping fields around to put . . .