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Oklahoma officials estimate 36 percent less wheat this year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agriculture officials estimate that the state’s farmers will harvest about 36 percent less wheat this year than they did a year ago.

The Oklahoman reports that the Oklahoma Wheat Commission estimated Tuesday that farmers will harvest about 2.3 million acres (0.93 million hectares) of wheat this year, bringing in about 63 million bushels. Farmers harvested nearly 3 million acres (1 million hectares) of wheat last year, bringing in 98 million bushels of the crop.

Officials say the biggest reason for the drop is Oklahoma’s dry weather. Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte says the areas with lower numbers haven’t received any moisture.

Commission members also attribute part of the estimated drop to another reduction in the amount of wheat planted for this year’s crop. ((just put this under the weather reason since they’re saying the drought was the biggest factor))

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