Good Year For Winter Wheat Harvest

It’s been a good year for winter wheat in the Mid-Columbia as harvest wraps up.  Jacob Powell of Oregon State University Extension in Wasco and Sherman counties says farmers are seeing great to excellent yields, some 30 to 40 bushels above average.  Powell said input costs are the highest they have ever been for farmers, but timely rainfall helped the crop.  Most of the winter wheat harvested in the Mid-Columbia is exported to Asia.  Powell said prices were over $11 a bushel earlier in the summer, up from a year ago, but with more grain coming to market that has fallen to about $9 a bushel.  He did say that many growers in the area had locked into contracts to sell wheat at the higher prices.

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