Winter Wheat Crop Uncertainty


A recent report has given a somewhat bleak outlook for winter wheat farmers.

According to the Nebraska Wheat Board, the lack of snow cover and high winds in recent weeks has affected much of Nebraska's winter wheat crop.

The state has had little moisture since fall, and the board says without additional snow melt or rain, farmers can expect 25 to 35 percent winter kill in the area with up to 30 to 40 percent kill in the northern panhandle.

While this isn't good news, many farmers feel they are in better shape now than they were this time last year.

Todd Watson, a Furnas County farmer said, "This year's better than last year in my opinion. At least it came up in the fall. We didn't get much of a stand previous years. The cold weather is a worry, but I don't know if it's killed it yet."

Snow cover helps protect the crop through the cold months and without the coverage, exposed wheat crops are more likely to be damaged by harsh conditions.

The wheat lays dormant through the winter, so the extent of any winter kill won't be determined until spring.