2021 Wheat Crop

2021 Wheat Crop

David Sparks Ph.D.
David Sparks Ph.D.
Drought and high temperatures made for a difficult year for Idaho wheat growers this year. “Well, as everybody knows we had a really hard year with the drought, and so our final production was down about 32%,” said Casey Chumrau, Executive Director of the Idaho Wheat Commission.

“And if you consider the fact that we were only about 1% lower on the planted acres, that really tells the story that the yields took a serious hit from that severe drought and the extreme heats that we saw over the summer. And that was across the board, across the state, and across all wheat classes,” added Chumrau.

“The irrigated and non-irrigated people suffered, probably not the same because obviously the dryland had no real irrigation options… but the real severe temperatures also affected the irrigated growers a lot this year. So, we certainly saw some dryland areas have 40% of normal, so they certainly suffered more and that’s one advantage that we have here in Idaho is that with the irrigation, a year like this maybe we only drop 30% as opposed to 40, 50% where some of our neighbors were in that category,” said Chumrau.

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