ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- Rain and snow in April is making a second cutting of timothy hay in the Kittitas Valley possible.

The Kittitas Reclamation District manager says water supplies look good for irrigating livestock pastures until early September. Temperatures and precipitation in the coming months will determine what happens through the fall.

The Bureau of Reclamation gave a slightly improved water forecast this week. Officials say Kittitas Valley farmers can expect 78 percent of their full supply of water in the coming growing season.

What officials would like to see over the next few months is a mild but steady warm up to get some of the snow to melt, but avoid an early meltoff.

The average April temperature in Ellensburg was below normal, as was the average high temperature.


Information from: Daily Record, http://www.kvnews.com

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