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Low Temperatures- Are They a Worry for Hard Red Winter Wheat in Western Oklahoma?

Tue, 26 Mar 2013 06:29:34 CDT

Low Temperatures- Are They a Worry for Hard Red Winter Wheat in Western Oklahoma? After the very cold temperatures early Monday morning that got down to 18 degrees in and around Tipton in southwest Oklahoma- we traded emails with Dr. Jeff Edwards- our state wheat specialist- who offered us this piece of advice on the potential freeze damage that may be out there after Monday and now after Tuesday's early morning lows- "It is a cause for concern; however, March freezes rarely amount to much. At this stage we can lose a few of the large, primary tillers and still compensate with some secondary tillers that would otherwise be sloughed off. It is the April freezes that devastate."

Saying that- the temperatures into the teens over a lot of western Oklahoma this morning may be a worry- as we get ready to send our email- the lowest overnight temps we have seen in the body of the state this morning have been 14 in Camargo, Erick and Kingfisher- with a lot of the other Mesonet stations seeing temps below 20. The state map above shows the lowest overnight temps for the state of Oklahoma for today, March 26, 2013. The one below shows the coldest temps from early Monday morning, March 25, 2013.


Low Temperatures- Are They a Worry for Hard Red Winter Wheat in Western Oklahoma?


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