Oregon Public Broadcasting

Things aren't looking good for this year's wheat harvest in Eastern Oregon.

The East Oregonian newspaper reports that a late frost in May, followed by a dry spring, will reduce yields for most farmers in the area.

Total precipitation is about 70 percent of normal, a shortfall of about four inches.

That means that the majority of wheat plants will only grow to about 70 percent of their average height.

Wheat is also producing less seed than it would under more favorable conditions.

Much of Oregon's wheat crop is grown in Umatilla, Morrow and Sherman Counties.

Last year, the state economic value of the wheat crop was around $472 million.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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