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January 2, 2014

State farmers look at 2014

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“We’ve got a good stand. We do have hope for a good crop,” Gammill said.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission Executive Director Mike Schulte said it’s too early to predict what the wheat crop will produce, but said he is optimistic thus far and hoping for about 4.5 million acres of wheat harvested in 2014.

“A lot of that is based on the moisture that we have received compared to the moisture that we had when last year’s crop was put out,” Schulte said. “In 2012 we had 4.3 million acres harvested, last year we had 3.4 million acres. We’re hoping that we’ll be above that,” for the 2014 crop, Schulte said.

“That harvest number is always around 3.8 to 4.5 million” acres, he said.

“I’ don’t like to predict this early out — a lot can happen with Mother Nature,” Schulte said. “A lot can happen between now and harvest.”

Significant moisture in the immediate future, through the end of February and early March, would not be typical, according to Gary McManus, associate climatologist for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

“We’d probably expect where there is drought right now, it probably will continue,” McManus said. “There’s really just no way to know right now what our fortunes are going to be, the science just isn’t advanced enough to tell us what specifically is going to happen down in southwest Oklahoma over the next three to four months.

“Through February — that’s probably how long we’re projecting the drought to continue,” McManus said.

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