Freeze May Adversely Affect Wheat Crop

ENID, Okla. (AP) - It will be at least a week before Oklahoma wheat farmers know how much damage an early spring freeze has done to this year's winter wheat crop.

Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mike Schulte says the cold weather probably will have a large impact.

Statewide winter wheat production has been up and down in recent years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 166.5 million bushels were harvested last year.

That's nearly double the 98 million bushels collected in 2007 and more than double the 81.6 million bushels harvested in 2006 when the state had a devastating drought.

The 2007 crop was in good shape until an April freeze caused some damage. Then heavy rains at harvest kept many farmers from getting combines in their fields.


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