Agriculture officials predict smaller, later harvests this year
The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - May 30, 2019 3:57 pm
Patrick Rother, son of Tom Rother and a nephew to Rev. Stanley Rother, operating a combine in one of the wheat fields on the Rother family homestead and farm just west of Okarche on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Agriculture officials say Oklahoma’s canola and wheat harvests could be smaller and come later than planned due to recent severe weather.
The Oklahoman reports that agriculture experts Josh Lofton and Mike Schulte say growers will need another week to assess the damage, and the harvests likely won’t start before then.
Canola generates seed pods that are crushed for oil. They’re especially vulnerable to hail storms and high winds because dried out pods are delicate and can shatter.
Schulte says Oklahoma wheat farmers are warning that the number of bushels harvested this year could be reduced by around 15 percent or more.