Corn seed harvest

Seed and grain crops being harvested in Gem County. This month’s cold snap is expected to have damaged seed corn and dry bean seed crops in the Treasure Valley and surrounding region.

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CALDWELL — The early wave of low temperatures last week threatened not only onion and potato crops in Idaho, but also sweet corn and dry bean production.

The Treasure Valley produces over 60% of the world’s temperate sweet corn seed, and, along with eastern Oregon and the Magic Valley, about 95% of the world’s dry bean seed.

Rachel Spacek is the Latino Affairs reporter for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at rspacek@idahopress.com. Follow her on twitter @RachelSpacek.

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