NO SNOW, HIGH WINDS TOUGH ON PANHANDLE WHEAT CROP

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Wheat - 3A new Nebraska Wheat Board report says the lack of snow cover and high winds have imperiled much of Nebraska’s winter wheat crop, especially the crop in the northwest corner of the state.

The report says the lack of snow has allowed wind erosion to expose plant crowns on 30-to-40% of the winter wheat acres in the northern Panhandle, subjecting them to possible winter kill.

The crop looks fair in the southern Panhandle, with wind erosion moderately severe.

The southwest corner of the state, which has had little moisture since fall, is projected to have a 25 to 35% winter kill.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers planted 1.5 million Nebraska acres of wheat for harvest this year.