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Kansas Wheat Crop Likely Damaged by Weekend Freeze

Fields in south-central and southeast Kansas are most susceptible

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Wheat producers in Kansas are worried about the potential for freeze damage after temperatures stayed below freezing for much of the weekend according to a report at KCUR.

While it’s not unusual for Kansas to see spring freezes, the frigid temperatures and blowing wind over the weekend likely caused some damage to the state's wheat crop.

“I think this year we’re really putting the crop to the test,” said Romulo Lollato, wheat specialist at Kansas State University.

Wheat fields in south-central and southeast Kansas are the most susceptible to freeze damage right now because of where they’re at in development. Lollato suggests producers in those regions evaluate their crops for damage before putting any more money into them.

But freeze damage isn’t even the biggest problem wheat is facing.

“I think the biggest concern as a state right now is definitely the drought,” Lollato said.

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