By Terry Lawhead
The Times 

Winter and Spring Wheat crops threatened by drought


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An example of up-to-date information about local conditions available at www.drought. gov.

If you are feeling a bit uneasy about our intense sunshine and high temperatures, you are not alone. Plant communities are struggling as well. And while we can water lawns, gardens and orchards with hoses and sprinklers, dry land soft white wheat growers in our region rely on rain.

With less than normal rainfall, the local soil is dry from low levels of precipitation last year and this past winter. The roots of wheat on the surrounding hills are getting stressed That stress goes straight up into the lush green growth we see and into the hearts and minds of farmers and their families.


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