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How dry is it?

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David Marburger

David Marburger

Since April 2016, I have served as the Small Grains Extension Specialist at Oklahoma State University. My research and extension efforts focus on delivering science-based recommendations in order to increase small grains production and profitability for stakeholders throughout Oklahoma and the southern Great Plains.

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It was too nice of a day to stay in the office yesterday, so I checked on our wheat variety plots. I started at McLoud, moved west to Kingfisher, and ended up at Marshall. As indicated by the pictures and captions below, neither the wheat nor my mood improved as I traveled west. I am sure if I had traveled farther west, this would have gotten worse. The bottom line is that we are in desperate need of moisture in Oklahoma. Early-sown wheat is backpedaling quickly and cannot hold on too much longer. Much of the later sown wheat has yet to emerge. We are certainly not on our way to a record year, but everything could still turn out okay……..if it rains.


4 Comments

  1. Dave Engle says:

    Good stuff, Jeff!

  2. osuwit says:

    To paraphrase the old Atlanta Journal motto, “covers Dixie like the dew”, Edwards covers wheat right on beat. Keep us posted!

  3. Mike Thralls says:

    The Billings area looks about the same with late Oct and Nov planted wheat only partially up. Earlier plantings are showing signs of stress, conventionally tilled fields more so than notill, but none will make it without rain.

  4. bbolay says:

    Yes, it is dry out here. Just planted my conventional tilled ground this week.

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