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Wheat is harvested in a field near Nampa in this Idaho Farm Bureau Federation file photo.

IDAHO FALLS — A University of Idaho plant pathologist specializing in cereals is advising Idaho wheat and barley farmers that the current growing season could be one of their most profitable in years, making it especially important for them to pay attention to details and produce a quality crop.

Professor Juliet Marshall, head of the Plant Sciences Department at University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said Idaho grain farmers will have to cope with short irrigation supplies, minimal soil moisture, prospects of a hot and dry summer and a cool spring delaying growth and spring crop emergence.

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