Many Kan. Harvesters Not Going to Okla., Texas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) _ Drought and a freeze have hurt the wheat crop in Oklahoma and Texas, cutting down on work for custom harvesters from Kansas who make a living off following the trail of ripening wheat.

In Texas, drought already had damaged wheat fields before farmers received another setback - the late-season freeze. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that state's producers will harvest only a third of its wheat fields.

Officials estimate Oklahoma's crop will be cut in half.

Pam Shmidl is operations manager of Hutchinson-based U.S. Custom Harvesters. She says the crop damage has meant less work for harvesters who travel around the states cutting wheat.

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