|Mid-month report on wheat crop released|
Cooler temperatures and snow in some areas limited wheat growth across the state.
According to the USDA, as of May 10, temperatures averaged seven degrees below normal for the week with temperatures dipping into the teens in the Panhandle.
Highs for the state ranged from the upper 60s to mid 80s. All areas of the state except the Panhandle received precipitation with the southeast district reporting close to one inch of moisture.
Strong winds were prevalent across the state.
Wheat conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 5 percent poor,
25 percent fair, 62 percent good and 8 percent excellent, below the 74 percent good or excellent of last year, but above the 61 average.
Wheat jointed was at 55 percent, behind last year’s 61 and 64 average. The weather was mostly cold and damp last week.
Low temperatures ranged from the teens to the low 30s. Parts of the Panhandle received anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of snow. Much of the snow has already melted.
Producers said the wheat wasn’t damaged by the snow and cooler temperatures, but it didn’t show much growth either.
No frost damage was reported from areas that received overnight freezes.
Wheat ranges from completely jointed and near boot stage in the southeast to just starting jointing in the Panhandle.
Some yellowing was reported in select areas, but producers said it’s mostly a result of cool temperatures and a lack of sun.
Crop conditions remain mostly good, with some excellent and fair.
Producers said the crop has good potential, they just need some warmer weather and sunshine.