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Klamath County posts profitable year
February 16, 2005
Higher prices for alfalfa and beef cattle helped
Klamath County become the eighth-leading
agricultural producer among Oregon's 36 counties
last year, up a notch from the previous year, a
Klamath County's biggest agricultural contributor in
2004 was the cattle industry with sales of $69.9
million, an increase of 7 percent from 2003. Higher
prices for cattle brought an additional $4.2 million
to Klamath County in 2004, even with a reduction of
2,000 head from 2003.
"Last year was a banner year for us," said Jim
Chapman, a Poe Valley rancher. "Probably the highest
prices we've ever seen."
"Water is the thousand-dollar question. If there's
no water there will be some herd liquidation. If
we've got water, this year we'd probably stay the
same because of the uncertainty on the water
Alfalfa production saw the biggest dollar gain with
an increase of $7 million for a total of $33 million
of alfalfa sold. Prices for alfalfa increased $20
per ton, to $120, while yields increased by .3 of a
ton per acre.
Barley prices went up by 30 cents per bushel, to $3,
bringing a 30 percent increase in sales. Barley
acreage was reduced from 27,000 acres in 2003 to
25,000 acres last year, while yields increased by 25
bushels per acre, to an average of 120.
Potato prices plunged by $1.25 per cwt., to $3.50,
while acreage decreased from 6,500 acres in 2003 to
6,000 last year. Crop yield increased by 60 cwt. per
acre, to 510 sacks per acre.
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