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Wheat Crop "Average at Best" Says OSU Specialist Dave Marburger, as Farmers Begin Baling Out

Wed, 09 May 2018 11:51:17 CDT

Wheat Crop Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays toured grower, Don Schieber’s wheat farm in Kildare, Okla. Wednesday, along with other wheat growers from across the state participating in Oklahoma State University Extension’s 2018 Wheat Field Day tour series, taking a look at the performance of OSU wheat varieties at various test plots throughout Oklahoma. During the tour, he visited with Dr. Dave Marburger, Oklahoma’s state small grains specialist, for his thoughts on this year’s crop based on what he has seen so far, now about halfway through the tour series. According to Marburger, the outlying factor that remains to be seen at this time, is just exactly how many acres will actually be harvested this year. Listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

“The overall feel of it is kind of average at best, but in most cases, definitely below average,” Marburger said, though emphasizing there are some pockets of good quality fields that were lucky enough to catch some timely rains this spring. “The way this whole year has shaped up on this wheat crop - we’ve just been taking punches on it from start to finish.”

Last week, Oklahoma’s wheat industry gathered to calculate an internal estimate of what this year’s crop might produce - pegging it somewhere between 58 and 60 million bushels total production with an average 25 bpa yield in most fields. The industry estimated that approximately 2.3 to 2.4 million acres would be harvested in Oklahoma this year. However, since those numbers were announced, Marburger says there have already been some major developments that could affect the final outcome and how it compares to early estimates.

“Over the past seven to ten days since those estimates came out, there’s been a lot of wheat that’s been put down that’s going to be baled up, so we’re going to see if that 2.4 million number holds up,” he said. “Even if that 2.3 million number is realized, this will be the lowest number of harvested acres in Oklahoma since 1913.”



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