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Oklahoma wheat farmers brace for poor harvest

Drought, late freeze damage wheat crop. Some feel it could be the worst crop in state history.
by Brianna Bailey Modified: May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am •  Published: April 30, 2014
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The wheat crop in Tillman County is so poor that Mike Cassidy, co-owner of Cassidy Grain Co., estimates that less than 10 percent of the crop will be harvested. Crops in southwest Oklahoma were already stressed from drought and an April 15 freeze caused further damage, Cassidy said.

In 35 years of farming, Cassidy said this year’s wheat crop in is one of the poorest he has ever seen.

“I thought that last year was the worst year. I thought that that was as bad as it could get, until this year,” said Cassidy, who also co-owns a grain elevator with his brother in Frederick.

In Kingfisher, the late freeze hit at a critical time for crop development, said Mike Rosen, of grain elevator operator Wheeler Brothers Grain Co. Inc.

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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