Poor Wheat Crop in Oklahoma Panhandle
Wheat harvest is wrapping up in the panhandle of Oklahoma. At Farmers Elevator in Goodwell, harvest began a week ago and is nearly complete. The dryland and irrigated crop got off to a good start last fall with some fall rains. In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Manager Bryant Riffe says since then it has been all down hill. Since the first of the year the crop has received less than three inches of moisture.
Then this spring, mother nature brought five several late season freezes which hurt the damaged crop. With that little of moisture and that much freeze damage, there isn't much to talk about in terms of yields. There was absolutely no dryland wheat that survived. Their irrigated wheat yields are running from 5 - 66 bushels an acre.
This year Farmers Elevator will take about half of normal crop and the quality of the crop is in fair condition. The crop is averaging 56 pounds, so this crop will be marketed as feed wheat to area feedlots.
If you find one bright spot, its that the drought has feedlots looking for feed wheat. So Riffee is buying all the feed wheat he can to market the crop and he is seeing strong demand.
The 2013 wheat crop isn't the worst wheat crop this region has seen, but its far from being something that the region ever wants to see again.
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