Farmers across the plains states are struggling to deal with a severe drought that is wreaking havoc on their wheat crops.
Usually, farmers are busy harvesting their spring crops between July and August. But this year, those in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are trying to salvage what they can. According to Modern Farmer, an estimated seven out of ten farmers have opted to bail their wheat instead of trying to bring it to full harvest. This could mean a shortage of flour and other wheat products in the months to come. It will also likely cause the price of products like bread and beans to rise.
But the drought is already putting a huge financial burden on farmers. The USDA has declared disaster zones in these three states, but that’s only enough to help families scrape by. If rain doesn’t come soon, the drought could cause damage to other crops like corn, squash and more, which grow later in the year.
Still, most farmers are hoping that this is all just a rough patch that will even out by the time next year’s crops start to grow.