HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Drought and a freeze have hurt the wheat crop in Oklahoma and Texas, cutting down on work for custom harvesters from Kansas who make a living off following the trail of ripening wheat.
In Texas, drought already had damaged wheat fields before farmers received another setback — the late-season freeze. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that state's producers will harvest only a third of its wheat fields.
Officials estimate Oklahoma's crop will be cut in half.
Pam Shmidl is operations manager of Hutchinson-based U.S. Custom Harvesters. She says the crop damage has meant less work for harvesters who travel around the states cutting wheat.
Information from: The Hutchinson News, http://www.hutchnews.com
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