P.J. Griekspoor Archives Email Author Follow @P.J. Griekspoor Wheat Crop Got Just What It Needed Kansas Viewpoint With 3 days of rain, wheat crop is flourishing; late freeze is still a threat Published on: March 26, 2012 Tweet Post to Your Wall. Email Blog RSS Permalink Print The Kansas winter wheat crop got a much-needed shot of plentiful rainfall last week and is back to emerald green and growing fast with a return to 80-degree temperatures. Now the biggest threat to a bountiful wheat harvest is a late freeze after a virtually absent winter. In some places, wheat dormancy was extremely short-lived, if it happened at all. Across south-central Kansas, about a third of the crop is already jointed, which makes it susceptible to freeze. Moisture was an issue, and become one again without more rain near heading time, but three days of widespread showers last week was just what the wheat crop needed. The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service rated the wheat crop as 54% good to excellent as of March 18, and Kansas Wheat says the harvest prospects are the best in in the last several years.