All eyes are on winter wheat harvests across the country as farmers evaluate yield totals following a concerning, dry spring. One Texas panhandle farmer noted yields in their drylands are down to around 10 bu./acre, half of what the non-irrigated fields would typically yield. Oklahoma yield estimates (72% harvested) are a mixed bag, with one NW Oklahoma farmer reporting that while they’re seeing slightly lower bu./acre than usual, it has helped speed up harvest. While this farmer estimated yield totals weren’t nearly as low as expected, others reported yields 50-60% below average. Reports out of Kansas are telling a similar story.

While the uncertainty of the final yield totals looms, protein crops have offered hope, with many areas reporting above-average numbers.

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