Flegel Discusses Challenges Facing Farmers, Irrigation District Goals and More
To say agriculture is in Wade Flegel’s DNA would be an understatement. Wade is a fourth-generation Prineville farmer who has served on the OID Board of Directors since 2002. He is currently President of OID. Alongside his 38-year-old wife Janice and three of five children, Wade raises cattle, alfalfa, hay and carrot seeds.
What drives you to cultivate?
My wife and I are Christians and we thought farming was the best way to raise our five children. We wanted them to see how we respond to different issues and challenges with the best values, and this lifestyle allowed that.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing farmers?
I believe it is an unwillingness on the part of the groups to cooperate with the agricultural community to know the validity of agriculture and animal husbandry. There is a lack of value placed on the need for food production. We need people to see the big picture to allow future generations to continue productive agriculture.
What are your objectives as President of the OID?
My overall goal is to ensure that we can keep irrigated agriculture for the benefit of the environment and have a stable economic source for our farmers.
What would you like community members to know about local agriculture?
Be educated in the processes and cultures grown that benefit our region. Much of what is produced by your neighbors is consumed locally. We continually seek to improve and produce healthy and environmentally friendly crops that we can all enjoy.
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Snowpack (data as of January 31, 2022)
Derr: 20 inches deep snow; 6.6 inches of snow water equivalent; 73% of the 1991-2020 median
Ochoco Meadows 18 inches deep snow; 5.8 inches of snow water equivalent; 81% of the 1991-2020 median
Snow Mountain 18 inches of snow depth; 5.8 inches of snow water equivalent; 91% of the 1991-2020 median
Tank report 02/02/2022 02/02/2021
Ochoco Reservoir Storage – 3616 Acre Feet (8% full) – 6,423 Acre Feet
Prineville Reservoir Storage – 27,721 acre feet (19% full) – 50,482 acre feet
Two-Week Outlook: Above-Normal Temperatures and Below-Normal Precipitation
One-month outlook: normal temperature and normal precipitation
Seasonal Outlook: Below Normal Temperatures and Slightly Above Normal Precipitation
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Bruce Scanlon is the Ochoco Irrigation District Manager. He can be reached at 541-447-6449.