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Death of regulations benefits harvest

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:12 pm •  Published: June 6, 2012
Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the blue sky before wheat harvest begins in central Oklahoma on Friday, June 12, 2009, in Yukon, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the blue sky before wheat harvest begins in central Oklahoma on Friday, June 12, 2009, in Yukon, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
According to Bloomberg News, this year’s Oklahoma wheat yields will range as high as 60 bushels an acre, and the state’s crop was 73 percent harvested as of June 3. Oklahoma is typically the second-biggest U.S. winter-wheat producer, and our production may near 154.8 million bushels, the highest in four years. But achieving those numbers was no sure thing due to potential federal regulations. Last year, proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations would have essentially made dust illegal during harvest, leaving farmers worried that they had to achieve the impossible or face fines. Then federal Labor Department officials proposed regulations banning teenagers from taking traditional jobs on farms, including harvest work. Fortunately, regulators backed down after public outcry. This year’s early wheat harvest may have been made possible by weather, but it also owes a lot to the failure of those regulations.

Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman


by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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