Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Wheat Commissioners Report Generally Good Wheat Crop Conditions in OK Despite Soggy Weather

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 12:30:12 CST

Wheat Commissioners Report Generally Good Wheat Crop Conditions in OK Despite Soggy Weather The commissioners of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission gathered in Stillwater, Oklahoma this week for their January Board Meeting. Prior to the commencement of the meeting, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down to speak with three of the five commissioners, including Chairman David Gammill of Chattanooga; Vice Chairman Don Scheiber of Ponca City; and District 3 Commissioner Michael Peters of Okarche. You can listen to the complete remarks made by these three commissioners, with Horn, by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.


In addition to the board meeting, the group also toured the facilities used by the Oklahoma Wheat Improvement Team, a program that the Commission is highly invested in. Gammill, as Commission Chairman, remarked on the significance of the work being done by the Wheat Improvement Team.


The farmers have to put money in in order to make progress and this one of the chief places that we can do it, Gammill said. Weve got highly qualified experts here at OSU and they have results like nobody else in the world and its well worth our time to put money into this area.


Peters agreed with Gammill, adding that the research being conducted by the program leader, Dr. Brett Carver and his team, not only improves the quality of the wheat being produced but also helps eliminate the risks involved in growing wheat.


We all know the environment is changing with different diseases coming on that we have to fight, and they do great work with bringing up varieties that are resistant to those diseases and insects - its something we have to constantly keep up with, Peters said. Were also looking at what our overseas buyers are wanting. They want that quality and different things like flavor profiles. Its really amazing the work they are doing for us and in order to do that research, it takes time. But, it also takes investment.


In speaking with the commissioners, Horn was able to acquire a sense of the condition that the current wheat crop is in at this early juncture in the growth stage. Based on all that was said, the consensus is that this year has shaped up a bit differently then what has been seen the last few years in regard specifically to the copious amount of moisture in the state.


While the commissioners agreed with one another that wheat fields and pastures across the state were in generally good condition, the moisture has created very soggy conditions and limited growth progress. In addition, there were several that reported a significant number of farmers in their areas that planted late in the season, which has also contributed to the short stands.


Don Scheiber reported that much of Kay County where he farms, was put into alternative crops, predominantly soybeans. He says, too, that farmers near him increased their planting rates to compensate for a lack of viable tillers. His worry is that despite the ample moisture now, fields are still at risk of drying up later in the season when moisture is truly necessary.



   




   

Hear Carson Horn speak with members of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission about their wheat crops.
right-click to download mp3

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey Working to Pull Together Help for Farmers and Ranchers Hurt by Extreme Weather and Retaliatory Tariffs  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:06:59 CDT
  • Steer and Heifer Calves Were too Lightly Tested for an Accurate Trend Tuesday at OKC West Livestock Auction  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:09:42 CDT
  • New Online Database Puts Sharper Focus on U.S. Agricultural Injuries  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:49:06 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 15:43:14 CDT
  • Tuesday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:10:29 CDT
  • Tuesday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:05:24 CDT
  • NRCS Announces Cover Crop Funding Opportunity for Landowners Through Flooding Disaster Initiative  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:40:59 CDT
  • Congressmen LaMalfa, Conaway Support Voluntary Conservation Practices for Improving Soil Health  Tue, 25 Jun 2019 12:37:11 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.