Clark Countys warm summer brings bountiful harvests

first_imgVancouver’s warmest summer on record has brought good news to local farmers.Temperatures have found a sweet spot — warm, but not too warm, producing good yields for fruits and vegetables grown in Clark County.“Virtually everything we have has been doing really well this year,” said Bill Zimmerman, co-owner of Bi-Zi Farms in the Glenwood area north of Vancouver.That’s because while temperatures have been consistently high, they haven’t reached extremes. Vancouver has recorded 15 days above 90 degrees so far this year, but none above 100, according to the National Weather Service. Conditions have often landed in an ideal range for many crops, Zimmerman and other growers say.“This 85-degree, 90-degree kind of weather is just about perfect,” Zimmerman said.This year’s yields were also boosted by a favorable spring, said Charles Brun, horticulture adviser with Washington State University’s Clark County Extension. Warm conditions and near-average precipitation helped keep many crops on track early in the season, he said.Too much rain in May, for example, can delay planting or introduce mold and other problems, Brun said. That’s been a big challenge for Northwest growers in past years. But not this year.“If you have a really good month of May, that sets the stage for the rest of the year,” Brun said. “And we had a really good May.”last_img