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Ag Officials Unsure if Cold Will Affect Crops (May 02, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agriculture officials say it's too early to say whether a cold snap will affect the state's wheat and other crops that already have been affected by a prolonged drought.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the Oklahoma Panhandle, and a frost advisory covers 42 counties in western, central and northern areas of the state from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Sam Knipp (Kuh-NIP') with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau says it will be several days before wheat growers know if the cold temperatures damaged their crops.

Fairview wheat grower Scott Neufeld says his crop could suffer a setback if the temperature dips into the mid-20s overnight, but he added that his crop already has been damaged by an April freeze and by a lingering drought.

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