(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.