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Will 1998 be wet? When we receive a large amount of precipitation in January and February, we tend to get well above average precipitation for the whole year. January and February pre- cipitation for 1998 totaled 5.06 inches which is the second high- est total recorded at Chief Joseph Dam. The pattern shown on the chart indicates that 1998's pre- cipitation should be an above nor- mal 15 inches. Average annual pre- cipitation should be an above normal 15 inches. Average annual pre- cipitation for the last 43 years is 10.12 inches. Interesting note - 1983, 1995, and 1998 are all years affected by El Nine events. PRECIPITATION (INCHES) January & Whole February Year 1980 4.46 14.93 1983 5.47 20.91 1995 4.54 15.32 1998 5.06 ? Snow sul Snow survey measurements in the field are taken at the end of each month (.January thru March) at Salmon Meadows, Rusty Creek, and Mutton Creek through a co- operative effort between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Okanogan Irri- gation District. Participating in the field measurements are Stan Janowicz, NRCS; Scott Giese with the Okanogan Irrigation District; and volunteer Ken Price. The results of the March 1 snow survey readings are as follows: At the Salmon Meadows Snotel site (elev. 4,500 ft.), average snow depth was 48.9 inches with a water content of 13.0 inches (27% den- sity). This is 157% of average. At Mutton Creek (elev. 5,700 ft.), average snow depth was 59.4 inches with a water content of 15.7 inches Ouad City. Herald ey measurements (26% densiiy).This is 137% of average. At Rusty Creek (elev. 4,000 ft.), average snow depth was 30.1 inches with a water content of 8.0 inches (27% density). This is 129% of av- erage. Measurements are also taken in the Teats Coulee drainage west of Loomis. The snow courses are: Teats Coulee Campground Snow Course (at South Fork junction campground); Duncan Ridge Snow Course (drains into the Middle Fork Teats Cou- lee); Cold Creek Strip Snow Course (drains into Nine Mile Creek and eventually into the North Fork Teats Coulee Creek); and Irene Camp Snow Course (near Long Swamp). Snow survey data for these courses are gathered through a cooperative ef- fort between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Whitestone Reclamation District and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Participating in the field measurements are Stan Janowicz, NRCS; Bob Rothock with the Whitestone Reclamation District; and volunteers Sonny Didra and Brian Leep. The Teats Coulee Campground snow course (elev. 2,690 ft.) had an average snow depth of 7.6 inches with an average water content of 2.3 inches (30% density). The Duncan Ridge Snow Course (elec. 5,420 ft.) had an average snow depth of 29.6 inches with an average water content of 7.1 inches (24% density). The Cold Creek Strip Snow Course (elev. 6,070 ft.) had an average snow depth of 39.7 inches with an average water content of 10.0 inches (25% density). The Irene Camp Snow Course (elev. March 12:1998 Page 7 5,465 ft.) had an average snow depth of 37.8 inches with an average water content of 9.8 inches (26% density). There is currently not enough his- toricai data available to determine what percent of normal the above measurements are at for the Teats Coulee drainage. Even though it feels and looks like springtime in the valley and at the lower elevations with the snow already melted, it is still definitely wintertime in the mountains. The measurements taken this month are extremely close to the snowpack that was present at these sites this time last year. While we have been get- ting a lot of rain in the valley during the past month, it has fallen in the form of snow at the higher eleva- tions. So be prepared and careful when planning a trip to the moun- tains this time of the year. It's ironic that a country built on the backbone of agriculture needs a week to call special attention to pastoral endeavors. But in an age when more citizens could tell you about Hayes modems than the price of hay, a week is all the farmer can hope to capture the attention of the American public. The Family Farm. In 100 years, in 25 years even, the term could be obsolete. Gone are the days when families could support them- selves solely on the farm- -today the corporate farm is king. Nearly every family farm now has at least one person who works "in town". Some colleges and universities have an astounding number of agriculture graduates, but few will ever farm. Most will work in an ag-related field. Spurred by increased concern over health and chemical contami- nation of food, there is a growth in farming in some sectors. The "New Fanning" is as much marketing savvy as it is manure spreading. The New Farm, the community-supported agriculture farm, markets itself with a mother earth approach, has brochures and a marketing strategy. It is smaUish, around 100 acres, raising organic i vegetables and meats both for its own consumption and for sale. The advantage that makes New Farm viable financially, is that it controls the price of its product by selling directly to the consumer. The "Traditional Farm" has no control over the price of its product; it takes what commercial or co-op buyers offer. An integral part of the New Farm marketing programs is educating the general public about agriculture. The lack of knowledge about farming is no one's fault, but when consumers whine about the price of milk going up a few cents a gallon and reporters rush to cover the story, what no one realizes is the work and toil that has gone into that all the late nights and early mornings, all the death and i rebirth and all the financial strain that has gone into getting that cow to produce that gallon of milk. This is true for any farming endeavor. So, tomorrow over your morning milk, fruit or juice, muffin or cereal, eggs or bacon, think some kind thoughts about the farmer rather than griping over the cost of that gallon of.., or carton of.., or ; of.., or pound of.., the farmer could sure use the good thoughts. GREEN THUMB SPRAY SERVICE i , iii Ornamental trees & shrubs spraying plus Systemic Injections Lawns - Weed, Fertilizer & Insect Application 1 Backyard Fruit Trees & Bareground Weed Control CALL 689-2368 NOW! 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