Rain delays wheat harvest, leaves some thirsting for more

Monday, June 26th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Many Oklahoma farmers who prayed for rain the last two years, ironically need it to go away now.

Recent heavy rains have left many fields too wet to harvest. And that's making some of the wheat kernels sprout as if they had been
planted. That makes that wheat plant essentially worthless.

Jack Carson is spokesman for the state Agriculture Department. Carson says the combination of the heads sprouting, wet ground and high fuel prices has led to a critical situation for some farmers, mostly in the northern part of the state.

But it's still a case of too much in some areas and not enough in others. Some areas of the state that were hard hit by the drought still haven't gotten enough rain to make up for moisture shortages that date to October 1999.