The state of Washington has had it tough this summer in agriculture as crops like berries have struggled under record heat and drought.
Apart from that some are now worried about how smoke in August could stunt the growth of some crops should the haze intensify and linger.
Jennifer Schuh, who has worked with her father Steve Schuh for decades in the Skagit Valley, growing everything from corn to berries, squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins said a long stretch of thick smoke could hurt their crops.
Not worried about the potential of damaging smoke, Steve Schuh acknowledges that ash can block plant’s access to light and food.
“They don’t function right if they’re all covered in smoke,” said Steve Schuh.
Smoke has stayed in the upper levels of the atmosphere in Western Washington this week. This was a result of wildfires and bad air quality for weeks the communities in Central and Eastern Washington have been battling.
According to some winemakers, moke has not impacted their wine grapes so far, but it could get worse in August.
“They can get something called, ‘smoke taint. That is especially a problem right before they’re harvested,” said Nick Bond the Washington state climatologist.
Bond said wildfires could intensify in the next few weeks, posing a threat to agriculture around the region.