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A struggling U.S. winter wheat crop suffered what could be a serious blow last week when temperatures dropped below freezing for long stretches twice in 48 hours in large portions of the southern plains.
“There’s a pretty widespread area where plants look really bad right now because of that freeze event,” said Justin Gilpin, chief executive officer of the Kansas Wheat Commission.
The damage is most severe in places like western Kansas where the crop was already stressed due to a prolonged winter drought.
Gilpin said crops were frozen in Kansas, eastern Colorado, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle by temperatures that dropped below -7 C in some areas.
“Certainly we lost some wheat and lost bushels,” he said.
Although it is early to be attaching a number to the combined drought and freeze damage, Gilpin wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. hard red winter wheat crop ends up 25 percent smaller than last year’s 27.3 million tonne harvest.
The true level of damage will not be known, until it warms up. This is just weather, it become climate if it happens year after year. This is just an April frost, it will be of real concern if is comes in June. Stay Tuned.