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Oklahoma crops weathered storms, price chaos in 2009

Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the sky last June before wheat harvest began in central Oklahoma. Photo by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, oklahoman archive
Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the sky last June before wheat harvest began in central Oklahoma. Photo by CHRIS LANDSBERGER, oklahoman archive
Oklahoma crops had an up-and-down year in 2009 as wheat and corn took big hits while cotton and soybean production soared.

Adverse weather limited farmers to growing only 33.6 million bushels of corn during the year, a 9 percent drop from 2008. Sorghum, which is mostly used for animal feed, also dropped by 12 percent to 12.3 million bushels.

Wheat experienced a bad year from drought, freezes and heavy rains.

A late freeze in early April was too cold for wheat and other crops that were close to maturity. On top of that, April and May brought heavy rains that drowned other plantings.

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Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the blue sky before wheat harvest begins in central Oklahoma on Friday, June 12, 2009, in Yukon, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD

Golden stalks of wheat contrast against the blue sky before wheat harvest begins in central Oklahoma on Friday, June 12, 2009, in Yukon, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

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