Concerns over Wheat Crop Growing Due to Drought

With projections of above average temperatures and below average rainfall for the coming months growers are starting to get a little worried.

Even though some farmers say they got 3 inches of rain that's just a small portion of what needs to be made up.

But they say they are remaining optimistic.

"Anytime we have a drought it has a significant impact on our business as a grain elevator. It impacts the farmers ability to produce grain and that impacts our ability to market", says grain buyer Tyler Rossi .

Tyler Rossi is a grain buyer with Gavilon Grain, and he says it's difficult to anticipate what the crops are going to look like even in a drought.

He says 2012 was a good crop year.

But this year is becoming a sad reminder of 2011 when we had a late freeze.

He's keeping an open mind because some areas are doing better than others.

"We're still optimistic about our ability to make a crop here, especially in Wichita, Clay and parts of Wilbarger Counties", Rossi says.

But its not only the buyers that are feeling the pinch.

"I think everybody loses obviously the first guys you think about would be the farmers themselves, we call them one pay check guys they get one pay check a year on this stuff and if they cant make a crop it really impairs their ability to be profitable", said Rossi.

But officials say even when you get a rain, it doesn't mean the subsoil moisture is good and that is the critical measurement.

Even when you factor in our recent rain Rossi says not much has changed.

"So it certainly will help but it takes allot of rain to come out of a drought and it takes a lot rain to recharge the moisture that's in the soil", Rossi added.

Rossi says harvest for this wheat crop will begin in late spring and early summer so all they can do at this point is hope for more rain.

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