2012 was a drought year for the record books. It was the warmest year ever recorded in Des Moines, Iowa, Topeka, Kan., and Columbia, Mo. and the driest ever in Grand Island, Neb. The question is whether 2013 will be any different.
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says winter wheat conditions are the worst they've been since 1985. It’s the fourth straight week that the outlook for the country’s winter wheat farmers has declined.
Colorado agriculture officials are forecasting a winter wheat harvest of more than 92 million bushels this year. That would be an 18% increase above last year's production of 78 million bushels.
Despite recent warm and dry weather, Colorado’s winter wheat appears poised for a successful harvest this year.
Colorado wheat farmers won’t see a record-breaking crop this year, but the 2011 harvest is still expected to be “above average.”