January 20, 2022

Heat and Wind Affecting Kansas wheat crops

(KANSAS) (westernkansasnews.com) – The Red winter wheat harvest is slated to begin next week, about three weeks earlier than is typical. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 10 estimated Kansas winter-wheat production at 387 million bushels.

But farmers say now the prospects look even worse, and the state will be lucky to pull in 325-350 million bushels.

High temperatures, wind, and lack of moisture are to blame. Some fields are so poor that farmers are cutting them for hay and giving up on a grain harvest.

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