Farmers say this wheat season is discouraging
SIDNEY, Neb. -- This wheat harvesting season has proven to be a difficult one for some in the Panhandle.
Parts Specialist at John Deere Kye Draper said many farmers have complained to him about the low amounts of wheat being harvested.
“There’s a lot of people who are discouraged about it,” Draper said. “Especially with the price that jumped at the beginning of the year and got people excited for it.”
Draper said an average dry land year for wheat can produce between 40 and 60 bushels from an acre. He said this year he’s heard of farmers getting everything from zero to 35 bushels an acre.
“35 being a good crop this year, which is not typically a good crop,” Draper said.
A study at the University of Nebraska Lincoln states that 35 bushels can make around 1,300 loaves of bread.
Draper said the biggest factors of the poor wheat this year is the dryness, the late frost, and the sawflies.
The sawfly is an insect that often feeds in groups. The insects cause damage and holes to a crop to the extent of the crop falling over.
“It makes it a long harvest if you have to deal with sawfly,” Draper said.
According to the UNL, over 45 percent of Nebraska’s wheat is grown in the Panhandle.
“It’ll affect the United States,” Draper said. “With poor wheat crop, you can’t get your bread.”
Draper said there is no way to tell the implications that will come from a poor wheat year. He hopes next year will be a better harvest.