Current Weather
The Spy FM

OK Ag Producers Feeling the Heat

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 2, 2011
 

Click here to download audio

Agriculture producers are going into the hottest days of the year on top of dealing with a drought which has existed in Oklahoma since last October.

Oklahoma and Texas appear to be under a bull’s eye for extreme dry conditions which climatologists don’t predict to end until at least fall.

Blayne Arthur, Department of Agriculture Associate Commissioner, says cotton is expected to be 35% to 40% of the normal crop.

And it’s not the only produce getting hit.

“The majority of the corn that we have in Oklahoma has burned up by this time of the year, and we had probably more corn planted this year than we had in previous years.”

Arthur says ranchers aren’t fairing any better as there’s less forage for cattle and lake and river beds have started drying up.

She says many of the producers are either selling their herds or trying to lease them to other states not under drought conditions.

Leave a Reply

5AM to 9AM Morning Edition

Morning Edition

For more than two decades, NPR's Morning Edition has prepared listeners for the day ahead with two hours of up-to-the-minute news, background analysis, commentary, and coverage of arts and sports.

Listen Live Now!

9AM to 10AM The Takeaway

The Takeaway

A fresh alternative in morning news, "The Takeaway" provides a breadth and depth of world, national and regional news coverage that is unprecedented in public media.

View the program guide!

10AM to 11PM On Point

On Point

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

View the program guide!

Upcoming Events in your area (Submit your event today!)

Streaming audio and podcasts

Stream KOSU on your smartphone

Phone Streaming

SmartPhone listening options on this page are intended for many iPhones, Blackberries, etc. with low-cost software applications available to listen to our full-time web streams, both News on KOSU-1 and Classical on KOSU-2.

Learn more about our complete range of streaming services

We're perfecting the patient experience - Stillwater Medical Center