The second major snowstorm in a week for the southern Great Plains is delivering moisture to U.S. wheat crops that went dormant in November in the worst condition since at least 1985 because of a drought.
A snowstorm that’s already forced shutdowns of government offices in Kansas is bringing some much- needed moisture for dormant wheat crops across the Great Plains, where last year’s drought eroded crop conditions.
William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor mechanic from Mustang, Oklahoma, was complaining to his family that he was fatigued, with pain everywhere in his body.
Wheat yields in Kansas, the biggest U.S. producer of winter varieties, may drop by as much as a third in some counties as hot, dry weather curbs production, boosting prices that yesterday rose the most in six weeks.