Wheat harvest will be down for Oklahoma and the US

Sunday, June 9th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- It's a bleak outlook for the 2002 Oklahoma wheat crop.

Agronomists say drought conditions in parts of the state should result in only about 3.6 million acres of wheat being harvested.

That would be the state's lowest total of harvested wheat acres since 1971.

The national picture isn't any better.

Last month, the US Agriculture Department projected this year's wheat harvest at 30.2 million acres, the lowest since 1917.

Agronomist Roger Gribble in Enid estimates farmers won't receive any more than $2.85 per bushel for top-graded wheat this year.