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By Ashley Parkinson
The Record-Times 

Prior drought could affect this year's harvest


Last updated 4/8/2022 at 10:32am

Drew Lawson | The Record-Times

Many local farmers are concerned this year's crop could be impacted by drought-like conditions during last year's harvest.

ODESSA – Last summer brought drought conditions for local wheat farmers and ranchers. The effects of that drought are expected to carry an impact into this year's wheat harvest.

The drought could impact this year's crop as farmers prepare for this year's harvest. Drought can increase the need to produce more product the following year.

"The biggest issue I saw was the protein levels in white wheat, which had a dramatic effect on the sale of wheat," said Mark Cronrath, the Grain Branch Merchant at Odessa Trading Company.

Protein levels are typically 8.5-10.5% and in 2021 they jumped up t...

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