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Veteran Contributor

Winter wheat winterkill?

For those of you who grow winter wheat, has there been any winterkill in your fields? Talked with one farmer last night in central KS who was somewhat relieved that his fields looked pretty good. His agronomist had been telling him in January that after the bone-chilling temps back then, the winter wheat had used up 8 of its 9 lives. So it must have had one left! 

Gil Gullickson

Crops Technology Editor

Successful Farming 

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Re: Winter wheat winterkill?

    gil,we went through a cold spell in early Dec that would have wiped our wheat out except we recieved about 7" snow cover the day before the extream lows hit,down as low as -10. Got past all of that and wheat all looked beautifull then flooding had to kick in in late Feb..Flood went down after about one week,the submerged wheat looked like it stood it with little injury then it rained again with less than an inch and a half of of accummulation in the valley and the water was right back up to its previos highs,(thanks to the army core of engineers.Up another week.This time it did not handle it.7% of my production,wiped it out!

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Re: Winter wheat winterkill?

Here is an article about the Kansas wheat crop suggesting otherwise

 

 

http://www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com/dtnag/common/link.do?symbolicName=/free/news/template1&paneConte...

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Re: Winter wheat winterkill?

Thanks, this helps us get a handle on what's going on out there. 

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