KIOWA COUNTY — Staring out at one of his wheat fields with a view of the Wichita Mountains, there isn’t much farmer Zac Harris can do but wait and see how his crop has fared after the latest freeze.
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Wheat has roles as crop, forage
Oklahoma farmers sow about 6 million acres of winter wheat each year, making wheat Oklahoma’s largest cash crop. In addition to being a major grain crop, Oklahoma wheat plays a vital role in the cattle industry. Depending on market conditions, 30 to 50 percent of Oklahoma wheat acres will be grazed by stocker cattle during the winter months.
SOURCE: Oklahoma State University Department of Plant and Soil Sciences