Northwest wheat growers face worst drought in 100 years, according to one expert

Northwest wheat growers could be experiencing the worst drought reported in 100 years.

That is according to Washington Association of Wheat Growers’s Michelle Hennings. The crop is suffering, but especially spring wheat. She says that they will be active on the state level, trying to get as much help to producers as they can.

“We’re going to be writing the governor’s office and the Department of Ecology a letter to try to get these counties designated as ‘drought’ so they can get some assistance,” she states. “Also on the cattle side of it, the pastures and everything are super dry as well, so there should be some emergency CRP grazing as well.”

She adds that if the region does not see precipitation later this summer and into fall, the drought could severely impact the 2022 winter wheat crop.


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