Farmers of the Midwest aren’t familiar with cloud seeding as a standard operating procedure to try and provide moisture for growing crops, but it apparently is commonplace for portions of Idaho and the west.

This week it was announced that the Idaho Department of Water Resources and Idaho Power are sharing the costs for a plane to conduct cloud seeding in the Upper Snake River Basin.

A Capital Press article written by John O’Connell noted the cost of this particular cloud seeding will be $500,000.

Idaho Power reportedly has submitted a line item of $2.9 million for cloud seeding in its 2016 budget. The company has information from previous years of cloud seeding to indicate the operation is economically worthwhile to produce water for reservoir storage for power generation, as well as, crop irrigation.

Cloud seeding is an attempt to draw additional moisture from storm clouds by dispersing silver iodide particles into the atmosphere, which bond with moisture to form snowflakes, explained O’Connell in reporting on aspects of the Idaho cloud seeding.

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