– The Agriculture Department is forecasting a far smaller U.S. winter wheat crop than a year ago.
Weight loss could cost ranchers millions.
The government’s latest weekly snapshot of crops says the effects of recent snow storms and temperatures are still being assessed.
This year’s wheat harvest is projected to bring in 185 million fewer bushels than last year.
Groups took different routes from Colby to Wichita on Wednesday surveying more than 200 wheat fields.
Participants in the Kansas winter wheat tour say it is too early to know the full extent of storm damage on the state’s crop.
Ag experts say even if some of the wheat crop is gone for good, there could be a chance to plant another crop in its place.
In Lane County, they saw 18 inches of snow, and because of that, many wheat crops are starting to snap.
“I haven’t seen heads that big since 2013 and that’s when we had almost 80 bushel,” Farmer Josh Patterson.
The snow has the potential to decimate crops in southwest Kansas.
Because of the unusually warm winter, wheat came out of dormancy in February.
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