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Drought Hurting Winter Wheat

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Curt Casper

WAVERLY (KPTM) – As the weather gets colder, the drought is getting worse across the country. The US Drought Monitor's new report shows about 63% of the country is suffering and that is up 3% previous weeks.

The hardest hit area is the Midwest and the lack of water is still hurting crops in Nebraska.

Mike Bundy has been farming land just north of Waverly for 38 years. Wheat is an important part of his farm, but it is getting costly.

"Boy, it is just dry across the whole country guys, it really needs to rain," he said.

And with this summer's drought, farmers are struggling and need this crop to grow. It is affecting prices at the grocery store.

"I'm not a big snow fan, but snow means work, you have to scoop snow, but I'll take the moisture anyway I can get it at this point," he said.

The United States Department of Agriculture said about 46 percent of the winter wheat is in poor or very poor condition because of the drought.

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