The wheat harvest began as much as two weeks early this year in southcentral Kentucky because of early warm temperatures. But those warm temperatures, and then a brief cold snap, have wreaked havoc on the crop’s yield, which some farmers say has been cut nearly in half.
“We’ve had big blocks where the average was just about 12 bushels an acre. The highest we’ve had is in the mid-50s,” said Joe Neal Ballance, who farms about 5,100 acres of wheat in Warren, Simpson and Logan counties. “That’s about half the crop we normally would get.”
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