ANKENY, Iowa (DTN) — The winter wheat crop mostly escaped disaster from a late-April freeze in the Central and Southern Great Plains, though reports of isolated damage have surfaced.
Record- or near-record-low temperatures were recorded in major winter wheat-growing states such as Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle from April 20-23, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Bryce Anderson. At the time, most plants in the region were in various growth stages — joint, boot or heading — and vulnerable to freeze damage and yield loss.
Dave Green, executive vice president of the Wheat Quality Council based in Lenexa, Kansas, said the crop mostly dodged a bullet. However, he said some fields that were heading out in low-lying areas of central and southwest Oklahoma sustained heavy losses.
“There wasn’t widespread damage that affected entire counties,” Green said. “I think farmers in Kansas feel pretty good, and there was no damage in Nebraska or Colorado.