Wheat Farmers See Better than Expected Harvest

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- A late freeze this spring left many farmers hoping their crops survived.  One of the crops that was hit hardest by the surprise turn of Mother Nature is the wheat crop, now after a couple months of continued growth wheat is being harvested all across Region 8.

Against all odds, Farmers are hoping for a good harvest.

"It's not as good as it ought to be but it's not as bad as we thought it was going to be," said farmer Kenny Qualls.

Qualls says he hasn't grown wheat in about 20 years and this year he thought he would take a chance.

"The price is the main thing.  The grain prices have gone up and it  just makes good sense to grow what will make the best profit," said Qualls.

Agriculture experts say that in an average year a farmer will see a yield of about 50 to 60 bushels an acre.  This year some farmers in the southern part of the state have only gotten two to five bushels an acre.

Qualls has only just started his harvest and says he thinks he's going to be able to actually break even this year.

The average cost to plant an acre of wheat is about $180.