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Wheat pastures gone, cattle being sold in Woodward County, Oklahoma
12/28/2017 2:04:11 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Woodward County, OK

Start Date: 12/1/2017 - End Date: 12/28/2017
The wheat pasture is gone! Fields are every color under the rainbow from blue to yellow and brown in many cases, it looks dead. Producers are being forced to sell their calves off the cows because they have nowhere to go with them. From a wheat pasture perspective, it is far worse than 2011 and 2012. The last 2 weeks Woodward livestock auction has had around 4,000 head, which is really high for this time of year. We have no soil moisture and it's dry down to 3 feet. Ponds are dry, guys are hauling water. I cut cedars on the weekends and I have never seen it so dusty; when my saw hits the ground under a tree you can't see anything for 20-30 seconds due to the dirt. I have a buddy that pushes trees with a dozer and he told me last week that instead of coming up from the roots they are so dry they just break at the ground. If things don't change quick we won't have any grain/graze-out for the spring either; this crop looks severely damaged to me, but wheat is tough. From Woodward County, Oklahoma, on December 26, 2017