Snow is stopping Washington potato farmers from planting. “There's a lot of frustrated farmers right now,” said Kent McMullen, who’s been a farmer for 30 years. This time last year, fields were teeming with workers. Now if you look outside, there's not a soul in sight. Tractors and workers can’t get onto some snow-covered fields.
Farmers said they really need all this snow to melt before they can start planting, but if it melts too fast, that will create more problems. “You end up with ponds out in the field,” he said. “And you can't work around those, so you have to wait until those dry up.”
They're hoping the snow melts slowly and the ground dries quickly. Pushing back planting could mean a smaller harvest or crops that aren't as mature.