Late wintry weather can put chill on Oklahoma wheat crop

Many Oklahoma wheat farmers are waiting to see what damage a late freeze might have inflicted on their crop, but most remain optimistic.

BY BRIANNA BAILEY Published: April 21, 2013
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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.

“It’s a waiting game...

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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

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