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2012 WheatWatch- We Talk Current Wheat Crop Conditions With Dr. Jeff Edwards

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 16:52:08 CST

2012 WheatWatch- We Talk Current Wheat Crop Conditions With Dr. Jeff Edwards

The 2012 Oklahoma Wheat Crop is looking better than the crop of 2011 did at this point in January 2011- but the worry remains that there will be not enough rainfall to produce an adequate crop. Oklahoma State University Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards talked with us about several aspects of the 2012 crop as we stopped by his office this past Friday afternoon- and you can hear our full conversation by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below. This wheat crop update is a part of our 2012 WheatWatch Series, which is a service of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission.

Dr. Edwards says that the increase in the number of acres planted into hard red winter wheat this past fall is not surprising, as he pointed out that many acres that were in spring planted crops this past year failed due to the drought- and farmers elected to put at least some of those acres back into winter wheat. He also pointed to many acres that had been in canola or other crops in the last year or so that have been "cleaned up" when it comes to weed infestations- and those fields are viable to grow wheat once again.

Timely rains will be needed to help this crop realize the potential that is currently out in the wheat fields of the state- and Dr. Edwards says that producers will need to be proactive in applying nitrogen in the next few weeks in order to have adequate soil fertility.

We also talked about the adoption of the newer varieties that producers can choose from- and Edwards believes that while Jagger did a great job for several years for Oklahoma wheat farmers- it is now on its way out and will soon be a variety of the past for the Oklahoma wheat industry.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear our full conversation with Dr. Edwards. Click here for the wheat page on the OSU Extension website.


Ron Hays talks with Jeff Edwards of OSU about the 2012 HRW Wheat Crop
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