05 Jun Floodageddon, Part 2
Mom, Dan and I decided to take a drive after the flood to go look around and determine whether or not we would actually cut this year’s Oklahoma wheat crop. The roads were terrible. There is water everywhere and some fields are still underwater, but we will be cutting wheat. A lot of it is laying down due to the moisture we have had; the soil can no longer support the weight of the wheat. So, what we do cut this year is going to be a challenge. The sun has to come out, and the temperatures have to rise to help the wheat ripen. Right now near Elk City, the wheat is still a bit green. I was out walking in a field and I think that rust is starting to set in. Rust is a fungal disease that wheat can sometimes get if the weather is too wet, resulting in lower yields. This is yet another obstacle we may have to face, but no matter what, it is better than last year! Here are a few pics of what we saw.
Lots of bridges, culverts and roads have been washed out. The road crews are going to have their summer full this year. This culvert is an approach to one of the fields we are cutting south of town. I think we’re going to have to find another way in for now.
This wheat field is still underwater. The wheat is so red because the water washed right over it. As far as I can tell, the water in this particular place was at least 2 feet higher the day before this was taken.
Be safe and God bless!
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