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Local Wheat Harvest May Begin This Week

wheat seedWarmer temperatures and windy conditions are in the forecast for most of this week, leading local officials to predict the annual wheat harvest in Russell County may start later this week.

Despite recent rains and currently muddy conditions, Midway Extension District Agriculture Agent Michelle Buchanan says most Russell County wheat is nearly mature.

However, she's not very optimistic about the quality of the crop.

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A typical year in Russell County averages about 40 to 45 bushels per acre. She attributes the poor wheat conditions mainly to the drought.

One of the main concerns, Buchanan says, is the height of the wheat.

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Buchanan reminds farmers to stay hydrated while out in the field and take frequent breaks especially when it's very hot. She also reminds local folks to be mindful of the amount of harvest related traffic that will be on Russell County area roads and highways during the next few weeks.

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