Winds topped 100 miles per hour across parts of the Southern Plains in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas a week ago. Texas Wheat Producers Director of Communications Darby Campsey says the windstorm has affected the dryland wheat crop. “Our main concern is if the wheat crop has a strong enough root system to withstand those high winds.” There are reports of wheat being pulled out of the ground. The three-year drought in the region means soil moisture was already dry before the high winds swept through. Campsey says some of the wheat crop can still be utilized for grazing. “We don’t have a good idea of abandonment yet, because a lot of producers can still graze their wheat until March 15.”
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