Cold temperatures affecting wheat crops in Southwest Oklahoma - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Cold temperatures affecting wheat crops in Southwest Oklahoma

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

Grandfield, OK (KSWO) -These frigid temperatures are not impacting just us. They're taking a big toll on farmers. Dry conditions and freezing temperatures are threatening their crops and livestock.

 Grandfield farmer William Gray said the weather is tough on his wheat crops. If it doesn't rain soon, it could cost big bucks. While he's grateful he hasn't had any cattle fall sick this winter, he is relying on those wheat crops to keep them well and alive.

"Well it's not good and we need some rain really, really bad," said Gray.

Gray has been a farmer his entire life and said the cold weather sweeping across his pastures is taking a toll on his wheat crops making it a challenge to harvest. He uses wheat and hay to feed his cattle year round and without it he could loss money. 

"The wheat is not growing right now. It's all shrunk up, and since it hasn't rained it hasn't rutted down, and when the cattle bit it they pull it up," said Gray.

When it comes to his cattle Gray keeps an eye on them by making sure they are feed and have plenty of water. While he hasn't lost any animals during the winter, he says cows can get pneumonia just like humans if they are not taking care off.

"Oh they are just tough and they are made to withstand this. You just have to make sure they have food and water," said Gray.

He even starts preparing  himself during the summer in case of emergencies.

"I put a lot of hay up and be ready for it when it comes you have plenty of hay put up and ready for it," said Gray.

In order for the wheat pastures to grow and harvest they need moisture and lots of rain. He fears what could happen if mother nature doesn't come soon.

"What we need a good two inch soaker is what we need right now if we don't make it the wheat is probably not going to make it. It's probably already hurting it," said Gray.

Gray said the dry spells are already having some effects on the cost of wheat.

"Well the price is too cheap right now, it's around $3 dollars and it was around $3 dollars 55 years ago," said Gray.

Copyright 2018 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

    Motive elusive after van driver kills 10 on Toronto sidewalk

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:25:49 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:11 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:11:06 GMT
    (Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...(Aaron Vincent Elkaim/The Canadian Press via AP). Officials carry a body into a vehicle after a van mounted a sidewalk crashing into pedestrians in Toronto on Monday, April 23, 2018. The rented van jumped onto the crowded sidewalk Monday, killing and i...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what...

    Police in Canada's biggest city are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video trying to determine why a driver plowed a rented van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 15 in what many said seemed a deliberate attack.

  • For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:46:09 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:07 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:07:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

  • 2 teens allegedly killed mother of 1 of the boys

    2 teens allegedly killed mother of 1 of the boys

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:20:50 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:36 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:36:45 GMT
    Kimberly Mironovas' body was found around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said her son and another teen killed her. (Source:Kimberly Mironovas' body was found around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said her son and another teen killed her. (Source:

    Kimberly Mironovas' body was found around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said her son and another teen strangled her. 

    Kimberly Mironovas' body was found around 2 a.m. Sunday. Police said her son and another teen strangled her. 

Powered by Frankly