Rain Provides Optimism For Wheat Farmers

Friday, September 8th 2006, 9:56 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Recent rains in southwestern Oklahoma is too late to help this year's crops but is providing farmers with something they haven't had in a while _ optimism.

Wheat farmer Paul Jackson of near Apache says the rain plus the falling price of diesel and an expected drop in the price of fertilizer has farmers in better a mood.

State Wheat Commission director Mark Hodges says farmers who grow wheat for cattle to graze are planting now while those who grow it as a crop to harvest are waiting.

Hodges says the soil has enough moisture to start wheat growing but more rain will be needed to keep it growing.