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Drought Brings Little to Harvest for Wheat Industry

Wheat harvesting is getting underway across Texoma, and it's already very obvious the drought has taken a big toll on this year's crop.<br>

Wheat harvesting is getting underway across Texoma, and it's already very obvious the drought has taken a big toll on this year's crop.

Tyler Rossi works at Gavilon Grains in Wichita Falls, he says they will only get about half the wheat they got last year and that many wheat farmers are not even bothering to cut their wheat.

"You can't hardly pay your hired hands for what for what we're getting here," says wheat harvester Tommy Dishman.

Dishman says what they're getting from each acre is barely enough to make a living.

"I don't think we've harvested any over twelve bushels and normally it'd be forty to fifty," says Dishman.

He says the drought mixed with late freezes left the wheat plants small with very little grain.

Tyler Rossi says they are used to having tough years mixed with the good,  but the ongoing drought is making it very hard to stay in business.

"It changes things certainly for us because it gives us less bushels to handle so we kind of have to go back and figure out how we are going to go about running a business," says Rossi.

But despite the depressing harvest, both men share a common philosophy about the weather and farming.

"You know farmers are optimistic people we're optimistic people and there's always next year, we're optimistic about our ability to make a crop next year,"says Rossi.

Dishman says for now they just have to keep plugging along, but says they can't go on much longer with half empty elevators and bank accounts.

"Just wait and see what nature does I guess, I don't know after 60 years, this could be my last one, I don't know, I hope not but I'm gonna try to keep going," says Dishman.

Rossi says it's too soon to see how the wheat shortage could affect consumer prices.







 

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