Oklahoma wheat farmers welcome rain, hope water will revive crops hurt by drought

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma , March 21, 2012 () – Oklahoma fields turned greener and wheat farmers welcomed the rain that hit the state this week.

From Sunday to Tuesday, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell widespread across the eastern third of the state. Pryor in the far northeast got the most rain at 6.78 inches, while the lowest amount fell in the southwest Oklahoma city of Tipton.

David Gammill, a 58-year-old wheat grower near Grandfield, says the rain will help revive crops damaged by drought.

Gammill says the rain has been timely and should help the wheat crop considerably. He says the grazed wheat is short, but wheat that cattle have not grazed looks very healthy. He says the harvest will happen about two weeks earlier in May because of warm temperatures.

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