Idaho Water Situation Still Critical

Published online: Jul 06, 2004
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Despite getting scattered thunderstorms over the past couple of weeks, Idaho's agricultural irrigation situation still remains in a critical mode.

The State Agricultural Statistics Service lists 2 percent of the irrigation water supply in very poor condition, 17 percent in poor condition, 46 percent fair, and 35 percent good.

The Idaho Falls area was the one bright spot on the June 27 precipitation report. Idaho Falls received 1.90 inches of precipitation for the week period, surpassing all other reporting sites around the potato growing areas.

In fact Idaho Falls is only off one-half-inch of precipitation to date, coming in at 3.92 inches to 4.46 inches since March 1.

The only other recording station coming close is Rexburg where 1.87 inches were received in June.

As of June 28, 99 percent of the state's potatoes had emerged as compared to a 98 percent average.