Wheat growers could find a less than bumper crop when they prepare to harvest winter wheat this year. Mother nature didn’t supply enough rain early in the growing season, and that makes the crop less likely to survive the winter.
“One of the keys for this crop across the central and southern great plains is that we did not have very good establishment in part due to the developing drought. So, we have very thin stands of winter wheat in some cases. We like to see a little more root development and above ground development,” said USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey.
Rippey added the amount of grazing on winter wheat across the southern plains also declined.
“In part due to that very poor establishment to the very poor establishment and very thin stands that would have caused the animals, the cows, to just pull the very poorly developed wheat right out of the ground.
Winter wheat accounts for more than 70% of the nation’s wheat production.