Lack of Moisture Impacts Wheat Forage Production Across StateWed, 21 May 2014 16:13:05 CDT
Jeff Edwards, Oklahoma State University Small Grains Extension Specialist reports in his latest World of Wheat blog on the results of this year’s winter wheat forage study:
As was the case across most of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University’s wheat plots were sown into dry topsoil in late September. Soils in southwest and northwest Oklahoma were extremely dry due to multiple years of drought, and wheat pasture was short in these areas of the state. Summer rainfall provided ample subsoil moisture in the central part of the state, but topsoil was largely dry through September. Rains fell across much of the state in October and provided the fuel needed to build wheat pasture. Unfortunately, these October rains would be the only significant rainfall events most of the Oklahoma wheat crop would receive.
Fall forage production by winter wheat at Stillwater and Chickasha averaged 3,240 and 2,580 pounds per acre, respectively. There was a large group of varieties at Stillwater and Chickasha that produced statistically equivalent forage yield, and producers are encouraged to consider two and three year averages when available.
You can read the complete results of this year’s study, OSU Current Report 2141 Fall forage production and date of first hollow stem in winter wheat varieties during the 2013-2014 crop year, by clicking here.
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