Because of short growing seasons (100
days) and high elevations (4100 ft.) the farming economy of the federally
subsidized Klamath Irrigation Project depends heavily on root crops such as
potatos. However, these crops now compete in a glutted global market. This
factor, far more than any water shortfalls, has cut into farm profits in the
Upper Klamath Basin. From the March 17, 2001 New York
Times, well before the 2001 drought hit the Klamath Basin potato crops.
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