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Winter Wheat Pasture Hopes Fading Fast
Date posted: 10/3/2006
Tenuous hopes for wheat pasture are fading fast as summer returns to the southern plains. September rain in many parts of the state that raised the potential for wheat pasture establishment and development has been followed by unseasonably warm and dry weather with lots of wind. Temperatures this week are mid to upper 90s across all of Oklahoma. As of October 2, 51 percent of Oklahoma wheat has been planted, ten percent below the five-year average for this date. More critically, only 22 percent of Oklahoma wheat has emerged, 11 percent less than the five-year average of 33 percent emerged on this date.
The wheat that has emerged is extremely vulnerable to continued dry conditions. There are reports that some small wheat has blown out with recent winds and will have to be replanted. Emerged wheat needs moisture very soon to avoid losing the young stands. In other cases, dry-planted wheat is still waiting for moisture to germinate. In still other cases, the locally heavy September rains washed out some dry-planted wheat that has or will be replanted. All of this confirms that fall wheat forage production for grazing will be minimal. Read
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is currently accepting applications for the LIVESTOCK ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM. Drought impacted cattle producers go to the ODAFF web page for more information. http://www.oda.state.ok.us/