Wheat abandonment rate expected to rise
The head of the Kansas Wheat Commission expects the state to have a higher-than-average abandonment rate this year due to ongoing drought conditions.
Justin Gilpin tells Brownfield, “The USDA projection is right around that 8-to-10 percent higher for the state,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be some wheat fields this year – especially that southwest Kansas area – that aren’t going to go to harvest.”
He says farmers are anticipating a drop in production. “The state of Kansas, Colorado and Oklahoma combined this year may be lower than what the state of Kansas alone produced last year.”
Gilpin says crop quality overall has been better than last year.