The Million Dollar Question- How Much Can a Rain Help the 2011 Oklahoma Wheat Crop?Fri, 22 Apr 2011 5:25:37 CDT
Mike Schulte, CEO of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, says that there are still unknowns that will be playing out about the 2011 Oklahoma Wheat Crop. One thing that is not an unknown is the fate of most of the wheat that was planted last fall in southwestern Oklahoma. That wheat got little to no rain after planting- and the majority of those fields are being "zeroed out" by crop insurance adjusters. If they have some forage standing, farmers are either baling those fields or have turned cattle out on them to salvage something. Other farmers are praying for a rain this weekend, which might help them get a spring planted crop into the ground.
Further north- the crop needs a large drink of water as well. With the chances of rain in the forecast for this weekend for the first time in weeks- farmers are hoping their farm will receive a good dose of rain. Schulte says that the question then becomes for the wheat fields that are much shorter than normal and that have already headed- will a rain help those wheat plants fill those heads with kernels?
We talk about these wheat crop conditions with Schulte in detail- click on the LISTEN BAR below.
And you can watch Ron Hays and Mike Schulte on KWTV News9 Saturday morning as Mike jons Ron on his In the Field segment around 6:40 AM.
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