The Associated Press

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Farmers in northern Idaho have begun controlled burns of hundreds of acres of bluegrass fields in hopes of producing a better yield next harvest.

Lance Deacon of Meyer Farms says the company burned about 150 acres of the targeted 300 acres on Wednesday. He says the landowners will fertilize and water the ground after the flames were gone.

Deacon says the timing of field burning makes a difference in the output of the fields. Last year's burning happened later and resulted in a disappointing bounty.

Mark Boyle, regional air quality manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Coeur d'Alene office, says about 430 acres on the prairie remain to be burned this summer.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com

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