Scenic USA - Oklahoma
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Oklahoma Wheat Fields
Traveling OK's rural backroads, city folks are often surprised by the vast fields of cropland. Some of the crops, such as corn and sunflowers, are easy to identify, while other fieldcrops appear quite mysterious.
Here, near Pond Creek, a vast field of winter wheat covers the rolling hills of north-central Oklahoma. Planted in the fall, winter wheat makes up about 70 percent of the annual American wheat crop. Typically grown as a cash crop, its benefits also include erosion and weed control, plus a grazing option. Seen as a soil builder and a source for organic matter, a wheat cover crop improves the topsoil. Showing great survival traits, winter wheat sprouts before winter freezes and then becomes dormant until the spring thaw. Ready for harvest in May and June, winter wheat has a higher gluten content and is often blended with spring wheat for all purpose flours.
Although itís too soon to forecast, Midwest farmers are hoping last summer's drought is well behind them. Living in the city, most people don't realize how wide widespread crop failures affect the rest of the world. Cited as the most severe drought in the last 25 years, the 2012 drought damaged or destroyed 80 percent of major field crops throughout America's breadbasket, particularly corn and soybeans. Now showing up in the grocery aisles, beef, pork, poultry and dairy have all shown a spike in price. Although food prices in other categories have remained stable, meat and dairy are expected to climb at least three to five percent.
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