OSU's Rick Kochenower Sees Decent Wheat Crop to Harvest in 2012 Across the Oklahoma PanhandleWed, 02 May 2012 13:24:20 CDT
There WILL be a wheat harvest in the Panhandle this June- and after the dry conditions that especially Texas County faced last fall and even into the winter months- that is a remarkable statement to be able to make. Rick Kochenower, Area Agronomist for the Panhandle with OSU Extension told participants in the 2012 Oklahoma Wheat Crop Report session at the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association that he could predict an almost average wheat crop for the three Panhandle counties, plus Harper County for the 2012 growing season.
Kochenower told the OGFA audience that he expects harvested acres to come in around 715,000 acres in the four counties, with an average yield of 34 bushels per acre which would result in 24.7 million bushels of wheat being produced this upcoming harvest season.
He beleives that some of the best wheat, especially dryland wheat, will be seen in Beaver County this year. Farmers in that county got more consistent rains than those that were located in Texas and Cimarron Counties. He also believes that the irrigated wheat for 2012 will be exceptional, with yields at or above 100 bushels per acre very likely.
In addition to the soon to happen wheat harvest, Kochenower also talked with Farm Director Ron Hays above his test plots of corn and grain sorghum that are already out and growing across all of the state. He anticipates that there will be a conscious effort to go double cropping in 2012, with wheat harvest expected to be significantly earlier than normal for most growers across the state. He believes the top double crop choices will be grain sorghum, corn and probably some soybeans. However, he is concerned that availability of seed with the best maturity dates for a double crop system may be in short supply in 2012.
You can hear his full conversation with Hays by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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