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Hot, dry weather means wheat crops are ready too early

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Farmers report wheat is two to three weeks early thanks to dry conditions. Farmers report wheat is two to three weeks early thanks to dry conditions.
RITZVILLE, Wash. -

Usually, this early in the summer, wheat fields are quiet.

But, not this year.

"My dad always said, an early harvest is not a good harvest," said Ron Vold.

And, this year, farmers like Vold and his son, Ryan, are harvesting their crops two to three weeks early, leaving them with 35 to 40 percent less wheat.

"This wheat cannot get moisture up from the ground, in the stalk, to produce kernels when it's super hot," explained Vold.

This dry, hot summer could affect you too.

"You have prices that go up when you have bad years," said Vold. So, things like crackers and cake mix, may be slightly more expensive.  However, the Inland Northwest produces a small amount of wheat on a national scale."

"This drought affects more than just the local farmer," said Ryan Vold. "It's a ripple effect through the entire farming community."

"I won't be running to Spokane for a new pickup this year," said Ron. "That's for sure."  

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