Oklahoma Water Resources Center

Water-based drilling mud and wheat

World of Wheat blog entry 02-20-2014

This post is an overview of work conducted by Drs. Chad Penn and Jason Warren evaluating the effect of amount and timing of application of water-base drilling mud to wheat. 

The recent increase in oil and gas exploration has resulted in the production of more water-base mud, (WBM), a by-product from the drilling process. The most common method of disposal for this material is land application to agricultural and grazing lands. As the name implies, water is the most common component of water base mud, but water-base mud also contains dissolved solids and sodium and a small amount on non-dissolved solids. Therefore the primary risk associated with over application of water-base mud is the soil becoming saline or sodic.

Read the full blog entry at http://osuwheat.com/2014/02/20/water-based-drilling-mud-and-wheat.

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