David Gammill, chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board and a crop insurance agent in southwest Oklahoma, said about 5 percent of the fields he has seen in southwest Oklahoma have been abandoned, or will harvest between five and 15 bushels per acre.
After several successive bad years because of drought, farmers will have to pay more for crop insurance next year, Gammill said.
“The rates go sky high,” Gammill said. “As yield history goes down, the premium goes way up.”
In northern Oklahoma, the harvest won’t begin for about another week. Near Burlington in Alfalfa County, farmer Keith Kisling said he believes this year’s crop will be the poorest he’s harvested in 45 years of farming.
“I can’t remember the last time we had half an inch of rain at one time,” Kisling said.
Kisling will have to rely on his federal crop insurance, and hopes for a better harvest next year.
“There won’t be any money to be made, but maybe enough to survive and get another crop next year,” he said.