A new federal report says Nebraska is on track to harvest only 42.9-million bushels of wheat this summer, the state's smallest wheat crop since 1944.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service's estimated harvest would be a 20 percent drop from last year. Earlier in the week, federal analysts rated 16 percent of the state crop as very poor, 33 percent poor, 39 percent fair and 12 percent good. None of the state's wheat crop was estimated to be excellent.
Experts say similar problems in western Kansas, the nation's leading producer of hard red winter wheat, could see wheat prices spike this year.
The ag statistics service says lingering effects of drought are mostly to blame for the poor state of the crop.