Oklahoma Wheat Pastures Look Promising for Grazing this Winter - Just as Soon as They Dry OutFri, 02 Nov 2018 10:53:18 CDT
As we enter into November, there is some wheat pasture out there - at least a little bit, but the potential is a whole lot more may be in the works once we get a little more solid footing as wheat fields dry out. According to Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, this has been an unusual year so far when it comes to establishing pastures.
“In terms of where we are right now, it’s a very unusual situation. I can’t remember a time that was ever like this,” Peel said. “We have lots of wheat coming - some big enough to graze, some of it will be big enough to graze pretty shortly with a little bit of sunshine. So, we’ve got lots of wheat pasture prospects but it’s too wet to actually turn cattle out on wheat because all the rain and sloppy weather we’ve had.”
So, although grazing is delayed a bit this fall season, Peel says there will be much more grazable pasture that will become available in the next few days and weeks. In fact, he says there might be enough to actually support even more cattle than some producers may have planned for, offering up increased opportunity for stockers and even ranchers considering feeding out cull cows.
“The amount of forage we’re going to produce is gong to be an opportunity for producers to utilize that, so, we kind of know up front that we’re going to have plenty to work with,” he said. “The moisture is there, so we’re virtually assured - barring just an absolute wreck of a winter - to have significant wheat pasture this winter.”
Listen to Derrell Peel speak with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the current wheat pasture prospects in Oklahoma, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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