Spring Freeze Raises Fears About Wheat Crop

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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April 7, 2009

A spring freeze has raised fears about possible damage to the Kansas winter wheat crop.

It is still too early to tell, but experts say they do not
expect the same widespread freeze damage that devastated the
state's 2007 wheat crop. Temperatures dipped below freezing Monday
night across much of Kansas.

Kansas State University Extension wheat specialist Jim Shroyer
says damage will likely not be as bad as the Easter freeze of 2007
because the wheat crop is not as mature. More of the tillers that
eventually form the wheat grain heads are still safely below
ground.

Temperatures also did not stay below freezing as long. The 2007
Easter weekend freeze lasted two to three days, rather than just a
few hours.


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