Exceptional drought conditions and untimely freezes that have left some southeast Colorado winter wheat fields with nothing to harvest also have limited the certified seed supply for next season.
Northern Colorado’s wheat and barley farmers say they need hot, dry weather over the next few weeks to protect their harvest.
Weld County wheat farmers say they’re seeing above-average crops after fearing that a lack of moisture last fall would result in a poor harvest.
Dry conditions in southern Colorado are hampering winter wheat.
The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts Colorado farmers will plant more corn, wheat and sugar beets this year and fewer dry beans.