N.E. Texas wheat dodges bullet

Northeast Texas wheat farmers are breathing a huge sigh of relief as they harvest what appears to be a much-better-than-average crop instead of what many expected as late as six weeks ago would be a near disaster.

In the first days of harvest, farmers in Hunt, Fannin and Grayson Counties were cutting wheat averaging around 70 to 80 bushels per acre. Some reported fields pushing 100 bushels per acre.

The crop got off to a bad start, farmers say. Drought at planting time delayed germination. A few fields received a bit of moisture in late October and germinated. Most fields were bare until a Christmas Day rain provided enough moisture to get the rest of the crop up. Still, the stand was ragged, non-uniform and offered little hope of producing anything close to an average crop.

And then three cold snaps seemed to have destroyed much of the wheat.

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