JIM DRAPER HAS BEEN FARMING IN TEXAS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA SINCE 1958. HE PLANTED 2500 ACRES?
Jim Draper watching actor pulling away
???nd blowing over field
PER: Virgil Craig Farmer
Paper working on tractor
UPER: Jim Draper, Farmer
"We haven't had any rain since August.. fourth day of August was the last time I had any rain and we had some hail with that. Course we haven't got our wheat up very good. Can't hold the ground..such high winds and so dry..just can't hold the ground." :18
"As long he my banker ??? with me for ??? couple of your 'What are your bankers telling you?' "About all they can do is try to stay with you."
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Background: JIM DRAPER HAS BEEN FARMING IN TEXAS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA SINCE 1958. HE PLANTED 2500 ACRES OF WHAT THIS SEASON. BUT BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF RAIN, DRAPER HAS ALREADY LOST 70 PERCENT OF HIS CROP. AND IF SOME RAIN DOESN'T COME SOON, HE'LL LOSE IT ALL OTHER FARMERS L. THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE ARE IN THE SAME SITUATION. WHAT'S MADE IT WORSE ARE THE HIGH WINDS IN THE AREA. IT'S ESTIMATED THAT IF THERE ARE FOUR OR FIVE MORE DAYS OF WINDS LIKE THIS..OR IF THERE'S NOT SUBSTANTIAL RAIN IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, MOST OF THE WHEAT IN THE PANHANDLE WILL BE LOST. THAT'S ALMOST 800,000 ACRES.
DRAPER HAS BEEN TRYING TO SAVE SOME OF HIS WHEAT BY RUNNING A CHISEL OVER HIS LAND. THAT'S AN IMPLEMENT USED TO CUT DOWN WIND EROSION. BUT EVEN THAT ISN'T MUCH HELP IN THESE HIGH WINDS. WITH THE COST OF FUEL, SEED, FERTILIZER, TAXES AND INTEREST GOING UP CONSTANTLY, FARMERS SUCH AS DRAPER DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY'D ??? TO BE ABLE TO STAY IN FARMING.
THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT FARMERS IN THE GUYMON, OKLAHOMA AREA HAVE LOST MUCH OF THEIR WHEAT CHOPS. AND BANKERS ARE BEGINNING TO REASSESS THEIR LOAN POLICIES....LOCAL OFFICIAL SAY THIS IS THE WORST SITUATION FARMERS IN THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE HAVE HAD TO FACE IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS.