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Okla. Wheat Fields Generally Well-Established Despite Rain Related Complications- Bushong Reports

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:26:00 CST

Okla. Wheat Fields Generally Well-Established Despite Rain Related Complications- Bushong Reports Oklahoma State University hosted its latest Wheat Webinar Friday, November 16, 2018. Extension Agronomy Specialist Josh Bushong of OSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences was featured, offering a brief overview of the state’s winter wheat planting status. You can listen to Bushong’s full remarks by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.

According to Bushong, quite a bit of wheat was planted in Oklahoma this year for either dual-purpose or for graze out. He reports that many producers were in the fields as early as August. Those early planted fields grew rapidly reaching near shin to knee height before laying down after the recent snow event.

At the start of planting season, Bushong says there were some intermittent issues with cutworms and grasshoppers. Several rainfall events that began in early September caused planting delays across the state. Pests and washouts forced many farmers to replant their fields. Overall warm soils this fall though, allowed other farmers who waited to sow their wheat an opportunity to plant between the rain events. Late season plantings, according to Bushong, are wrapping up for the year.

Early reports from the countryside indicate that most early planted wheat is showing good establishment, while late planted fields are catching up. However, Bushong says during the last three weeks, fields have shown little growth progress. Most farmers are reporting good root system development in their fields, with good structure and tillars.

Some producers have already turned cattle out to graze wheat pastures. Bushong says for the most part, fields are well-enough established and dried out from the ample moisture. Some fields on the other hand, Bushong worries might have been allowed to graze a bit prematurely- wishing to see fields given at least another week of warm temperatures to soak up.

For grain-only fields, Bushong says heavy anhydrous applications coupled with rainfall events in mid-October have led to leaching issues in some areas and resulted in the yellowing of some wheat fields.

Total wheat acres in Oklahoma this year, based on his estimates, will likely be down compared to last year and especially in comparison to the historical average.



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