Recent years of drought have led to a huge reduction in Oklahoma’s cattle population and record high prices. This year is no different.
Less rain means less grazing, a weaker wheat harvest, higher prices for grain, and on and on the costs go. But, the drought may also make it more difficult for Oklahoma farmers to lend a hand in the state’s fight against hunger.
KOSU’s Quinton Chandler reports less rain may mean fewer livestock donations to the Regional Food Bank.
Four years of extreme drought has withered the agricultural economies of southern Great Plains states like Oklahoma, where farmers are bracing for one of the worst wheat crops in state history.
And Oklahoma’s withered wheat harvest could have national consequences.
Wayne Schmedt adjusts his faded blue cap and crouches down in a wind-whipped field near Altus in southwest Oklahoma. His brother and business partner, Fred, grins and waits. The jokes start before the dusty rain gauge is pulled from the cracked dirt.