05 Jun Emma: 2014 Western Oklahoma Wheat Conditions
This year, wheat harvest is looking terrible for Western Oklahoma. Experts are saying that this wide-spread drought that started in late 2010 is worse than it has ever been. Even the 1930s cannot compare to where we are today. Think about that. It is worse than the Dust Bowl!
Farmers in our area have zeroed everything out. The insurance adjusters said to one farmer, “I said one bushel per acre, but it’s really less than that.”
Some farmers are not even bailing wheat straw because they are getting less than one bale per acre. It is not worth the cost to bale it up. They have turned their cattle out on the fields so they can eat what there is and give the pastures a chance to grow something.
This year is unlike anything I have ever seen before. In plain words, the wheat just didn’t grow. In areas where it rained this spring they will harvest, but some will only average five to ten bushels per acre. Five years ago we would have called that a total loss, and yet where we are today we call that better than nothing. It is a question whether or not it is worth harvesting at ten bushels per acre. That is barely breaking even.
The big question becomes planting next year’s crop. What are farmers going to use?
Be safe and God bless!
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