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Oklahoma Wheat Commission forced to cut budget


The Oklahoma Wheat Commission met on July 15, setting their spending plan in place for the new fiscal year that began the first of July. The commission has far fewer dollars than last year because of the sharply reduced winter wheat crop harvested in Oklahoma this year. In 2008, the harvest came in just over 166 million bushel--this just concluded harvest season put just 75 million bushels into the storage bins of the state.

Mike Schulte, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, said that he has had to cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the new fiscal year budget. He says that the Commission is still spending money on breeding research that continues to go on at Oklahoma State University under the direction of Dr. Brett Carver. Schulte said a difficult year like this one shows the need for continuing research to address issues like drought tolerance as well as the ability to handle cold temperatures later into the growing season.

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