Alfalfa seed crop looks good as harvest approaches

Western Farms co-owner Joe Weitz, center, with farm managers Davis McConnell, left, and Brennan Gabiola on the farm outside Caldwell, Idaho, on Aug. 3.

Western Farms’ alfalfa seed fields looked good as of early August, but co-owner Joe Weitz wasn’t celebrating just yet.

He and his brother, Tony, own 2,500-acre Western Farms. Based near Lake Lowell outside Caldwell, Idaho, they grow alfalfa seed — pollinated by alfalfa leafcutter bees they raise — but they also grow radish seed, onions, corn, wheat and mint.

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