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OSU Wheat Programs

OSU provides extensive support for wheat producers through the Small Grains and Wheat Improvement Team programs. This site is designed to serve as a resource for anyone interested in small grains production in the Southern Great Plains. 
Oklahoma farmers sow approximately 4 million acres of winter wheat each year, making wheat Oklahoma’s largest cash crop. Fall forage production potential is one of the major considerations in deciding which variety to plant. Check out our fact sheet about fall forage production and first hollow stem date for wheat varieties during the 2021-2022 crop year.

Wheat Improvement Team

Wheat Improvement research in Oklahoma is driven by an interdisciplinary team of scientists (WIT) housed in OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, charged with developing highly-adapted winter wheat cultivars with marketable grain-quality.

 

Wheat Research & Extension News

OSU and K-State agricultural roots run deep together

Showdown is a wheat variety developed by Oklahoma State University plant breeders that builds upon foundational work performed by Kansas State University wheat breeders.

OSU on the forefront of developing higher quality wheat

At Oklahoma State University’s 2022 Lahoma Field Day, wheat genetics chair Brett Carver explains how OSU is on the verge of releasing new wheat varieties with higher gluten quality.

OSU scientist discovers a wheat gene that increases grain yield

Liuling Yan, a wheat molecular geneticist at Oklahoma State University, has discovered and cloned the TaCol-B5 wheat gene, which increases wheat yield by more than 10%. 

Thomason returns to roots as new plant and soil sciences department head

Wade Thomason joins semester recruitment activities for Agronomy Club and other organizations in the OSU Plant and Soil Sciences Department during Ag Roundup. 

To graze or grain? Producers gear up for wheat planting season

Many producers are likely to plant wheat  to provide a much-needed grazing source for cattle during fall.

Wheat harvest recap: the drought was ugly and a few other takeaways

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services estimated Oklahoma’s harvest at 64.8 million bushels of wheat in 2022, which is down 44% from 2021. 

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