OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The annual winter wheat harvest has begun in southwest Oklahoma, but this year's cutting has seen a mixed start.
The Oklahoman reports that high humidity Tuesday prevented growers from getting mature wheat cut and hauled to elevators. Severe weather forecasts for hail and rain this week could damage crops further and prevent combines from operating in muddy fields.
Earlier this month, the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association received predictions that said about 3.1 million acres of wheat will be harvested in the state this year.
Farmer Jimmy Kinder says the amount he'll be able to harvest will depend heavily on the weather.
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission's first harvest report says so far farmers near Grandfield and Eldorado have taken in a combined 80,000 bushels of wheat.