Winterkill Woes
Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Apr 2, 2015 11:30 AM CDT

ST. LOUIS (DTN) -- Not all of Leon Kriesel's wheat fields are waking up to greet the spring weather. He and other farmers across the Great Plains face tough decisions in coming weeks on whether to keep or destroy the crop.

Wheat in the nation's breadbasket is suffering from winterkill, a condition where low winter temperatures kill winter wheat by injuring the crown. "I would have to say, in 50 years of being in west-central and southwest Nebraska, this is the worst I've ever seen," University of Nebraska Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Bob Klein said of the region's wheat injury.


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