Oklahoma wheat stressed by drought conditions
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Officials say wheat crops in Oklahoma are struggling due to drought.
Dana Bay with the Woodward County OSU Extension Service Horticulture and Landscape said the county region and surrounding areas have received less than a half an inch of precipitation in the last 30 days.
“That is the rain that got the wheat crop into the ground and got it growing, but we are really dry now,” Bay said. “I am just hoping that the precipitation they are predicting for this weekend actually happens.”
Oklahoma Climatological Survey data shows western Oklahoma has received about 45 percent of the precipitation that it normally gets, the Woodward News (http://bit.ly/2gLfvMU ) reported.
The driest November on record was in 1989, when it didn’t rain. This year, the region is in the moderate drought category due to a wetter, cooler summer.
Cattle producers are trying to find more efficient ways to feed their cows, but Evelyn Dixon pointed out that without rain, “there won’t be anything for them to eat.”
“For me, I have made sure I am covered with milo and corn stocks and plenty of hay that I made sure I put myself in a good position with, so I am covered,” she added.
The state’s largest agricultural commodity is wheat produced for forage, rather than a cash grain crop.
Information from: The Woodward News, http://www.woodwardnews.net