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Ag officials warn Okla farmers of wind erosion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - As extreme drought conditions continue across much of Oklahoma agriculture officials are urging state farmers to consider all options before plowing their fields.

The president of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts says dry conditions could result in excessive wind erosion because of the strong winds and dry soils.

Many Oklahoma farmers are abandoning their wheat fields due to the drought.

The Oklahoma Climatological Survey began reporting dry conditions in October, and the U.S. Drought Monitor noted in January that central Oklahoma was experiencing a severe drought.

The Drought Monitor's latest report calls the drought exceptional in the southwest corner of the state and the western Panhandle, extreme in western Oklahoma and severe in central sections of the state.

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