A cold spell in April is part of the reason agriculture officials are expecting a smaller winter wheat crop this year.
The latest forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Kentucky farmers are expected to harvest 27 million bushels of winter wheat this year, which would be down 12 percent from last year.
Farmers are expected to harvest 60 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels—and that’s likely due in part to an April frost that caused some damage to crops—especially in low lying areas.
Officials also say a few pollination problems and drought in parts of the commonwealth have hindered the wheat crop.
Kansas was the number one wheat producing state last year with 276 million bushels—with 387 million bushels forecast in that state this year.