Wheat Crop Likely Suffered Damage From Cold

Wednesday, April 11th 2007, 2:26 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Agriculture officials say last weekend's cold temperatures likely caused damage to the state's wheat crop.

But the extent of the damage won't be known for at least a week.

Temperatures fell into the teens and upper 20s in some areas of northern Oklahoma where wheat plants were growing ahead of normal.

But Oklahoma Wheat Commission director Mark Hodges says the crop is not necessarily lost.

Hodges says he remembers a freeze ten years ago that was thought to have destroyed the state's wheat crop. But that freeze was followed by warm weather and timely rains and Hodges says 171 million bushels of wheat were harvested.