East Idaho grain harvest extends into spud season

A pond forms in water-damaged wheat in American Falls, Idaho, on Aug. 25, near the end of a string of heavy rain storms.

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Lamar Isaak had to hire a custom cutting service to harvest one grain field and leased extra equipment to further expedite completion of one of the longest and most challenging grain harvests in Eastern Idaho’s history.

Regardless, the American Falls farmer still found himself cutting grain and digging potatoes and early sugar beets all at once, devoting a skeleton crew to each task.

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