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Monday, May 2, 2022

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OSU's Dr. Amanda Silva Says 2022 Wheat Looks Grim to Good
Extension Specialist for Small Grains at OSU, Dr. Amanda Silva has had the opportunity to assess wheat fields across southwestern parts of the state, including fields in Walters, Altus, Tipton, Apache, And Chickasha. Farm director KC Sheperd caught up with Silva at the Chickasha field day. While the wheat there looked pretty good, the outlook in some areas is pretty grim, "Unfortunately, there is not a lot of great news, but I'm very happy with what I'm seeing here in Chickasha. What I saw yesterday at Apache, Walters was looking better than what I expected as they got a couple of inches of rain that helped." Silva said it's still a very thin crop and has not tillered that much, but she said it's hanging in there and could use a good rain.

Moving from Walters to Altus, Silva said things started to get critical with crops being very drought-stressed and several fields had already been terminated. Then, moving from Apache to Chickasha, Silva said the crop was still thinner than she would like, but overall the wheat was looking good.

Even with many fields being zeroed out by insurance adjustors- Silva said all hope is not lost, though, "In Some cases, I think we are also in that borderline area. We have some good-looking wheat fields right now, but we do need a little more rain to hold up on those yields that are still there." She added, though, if those fields don't see some moisture, we could still see some reduction in yields.

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