What is in this article?:
- Drought effects still being felt in southwestern Oklahoma
- Less cotton
- Wheat needs rain
Some farmers are shredding cotton; others picking decent yields and hoping for fall rain to get winter crops up.
Wheat needs rain
Rains will be necessary throughout the winter to maintain subsoil moisture at optimum levels.
Due to the continuing warm, dry weather, Edwards encourages farmers to watch for grasshoppers and armyworms feeding on young wheat plants.
"As other foliage begins to die and turn brown with the approach of winter, pests are looking for green plants to eat.
“Weeds are the number one problem many farmers will have in their wheat crop," he said. Italian and feral rye are bad news for wheat farmers.
"It is important to control weeds when they are small and young," he said. "You are much better off to kill those weeds in the fall before they use up any of the nitrogen fertilizer. Water, sunlight and applied nutrients are there for your wheat crop, not for the weeds."
Edwards and other OSU Extension specialists also encourage wheat farmers to grow winter canola in rotation with wheat to reduce weed infestation.