Crops in Willamette Valley, Oregon, could be at risk as area receives more than double the average rainfall in March, newspaper reports

ALBANY, Oregon , April 5, 2012 () – The weather is rarely perfect for farmers, and this spring has proved to be no exception in the Willamette Valley.

The Albany Democrat-Herald newspaper reports that the mid-Willamette Valley had 11.5 inches of rain in March, more than double the average rainfall for the month.

The valley is home to a great variety of crops, and Harrisburg farmer Kevin Seifert says each is affected by standing water to some degree.

Besides the rain, farmers are also dealing with cooler-than-normal temperatures.

Seifert says the crops are trying to grow, but need more heat.

Seifert says most of the grass-seed fields should be OK if the weather breaks soon. But rain is in the forecast for much of this week.

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