Good, bad news discussed in the Big Country Wheat Conference

Big Country wheat producers get a look at 2014 crop outlook

ABILENE, Texas - Speakers, farmers and producers met at the Abilene fair grounds Thursday morning to discuss mixed news regarding wheat crop, and what to expect moving forward.

Worldwide, the production of wheat has set records this year, but Texas has been split due to recent freezes and droughts.

"The Texas wheat production was really a tale of two states," said Mark Welch, Grain Marketing Economist, "when you get over to the eastern part of the state, about I-35, we saw relatively strong yields. Very strong yields in many areas that escaped the freeze." he added.

"They didn't get abundant rain but they got timely rains so everything was in good shape there."

West Texas was not as fortunate.

"The precipitation ran out," said Welch, "we had freeze damage, pretty disastrous situation for the western part of the state."

"So unfortunately, not very many of our wheat producers had much of a wheat crop again," he added.

A new farm bill that was passed by congress may combat these problems in the upcoming years, in ties with the possibility of more rain and cooler temperatures in the extended forecast.

"We have a new farm bill that will have some new crop insurance components to it," said Welch, "that will strengthen the safety net, underneath production and price for our producers."

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