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Drought, late freeze damaged this year's wheat crop

ABILENE, Texas - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists said this year's wheat crop is expected to be light because of weather.

"We had a lot of fields that were affected by the drought as well as the freeze," said Robert Pritz, Taylor County AgriLife Extension Service agent.

Each year extension service offices host a tour of nearby counties wheat crops to help farmers the following year.

This year the tour included wheat fields in Callahan, Shackelford and Jones counties.

Extension service office specialists said the drought has had a big impact on Texas' wheat output.

"In the Brady area it looks like 90 percent of the field has already had a swath there or a cattle in it just grazing for forage at this point, because there just wasn't any grain left to harvest," said Small Grains and Cool Seasons Oil Seed Extension Specialist Clark Neely. 

Each year extension specialists survey the crops to help them pick which wheat variety to use the following year.

"This gives producers an opportunity to see how those varieties are doing right here locally," said Pritz.

Wheat producers also learned more about how the Farm Bill will affect them and learned some risk management tools.

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