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
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.