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Wonderful Wheat

Agriculture is thriving in Texoma and farmers say this years wheat harvest is exceptional.

The wheat crop is very good this year, a surprise to many Texoma farmers. Zach Parker, with Parker Ranch, commented, "That's what farmers are saying around here, they haven't seen wheat like this in 20 years."

Parker and his team have been busy harvesting wheat for the past few weeks. Parker said on average the wheat fields are hitting between 50 to 60 bushels an acre. That's 40% higher than normal and a completely different number from last year.

"Last year there wasn't really a wheat crop here and there was nothing to cut." Parker added, "This year has been exceptionally busy, I mean everywhere you look there's a wheat field."

Despite the drought wheat is growing. "They are starting to heal up from last year. It doesn't mean that these guys are going to make a lot of money this year." Parker added, "They have to recover from last year when it was a bust, and for the last 5 years there hasn't been a lot of wheat cut."

With a perfect wheat harvest farmers and ranchers are starting to get back on their feet.

"We rely on mother nature and if it doesn't rain we don't get a pay check that year." Parker added, "When you have a good year like this you know to save some of that back for a bad year."

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6

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