Drought and late April frost could decimate western Oklahoma wheat harvest

May 4, 2014

Western OK wheat field April, 2014.
Western OK wheat field April, 2014.
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Drought and a late April freeze could produce the worst wheat harvest in decades for the western part of Oklahoma history reported The Oklahoman

The Oklahoman‘s Brianna Bailey talked with a Tillman County farmer who predicts less than 10 percent of this year’s crop will be harvested. 

In 35 years of farming, Mike Cassidy said this year’s wheat crop is one of the poorest he has ever seen.

“I thought that last year was the worst year. I thought that that was as bad as it could get, until this year,” said Cassidy, who also co-owns a grain elevator with his brother in Frederick.

Joe Neal Hampton is the president and CEO of the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association.  He said he’s never seen a worse wheat crop in his 43 years of experience.

The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association held its annual meeting recently, and projected the state’s wheat harvest would be about 66.5 million bushes.  That compares with 105.4 million bushels were harvested in 2013, and 154.8 million bushes in 2012.