Farmers have been busy evaluating their Winter wheat crop looking for any signs of winter kill. When looking for signs of spring growth it also depends on when that winter wheat crop was seeded.
Regional Crop Specialist Daphne Cruise said remember for the crop that was seeded early in the fall it sat in the ground for a week or two before germinating due to limited moisture, “That new root growth will be white. It will come from the crown. If you go out and see a lot of dead leaves on the top or what look to be dead leaves don't be alarmed cause that may not be winter kill. Pull up the plant and see if you can see any of that white new root growth coming from the crown.”
Cruise adds farmers need to be patient when evaluating the winter wheat crop, “Don't be to hasty on making a decision. Typically we like to say wait till you're about half-way to two-thirds of the way done seeding your spring crop before you make that final assessment to either leave the winter wheat or plant something else.”
She says she hasn't heard of a lot of winter kill as yet but adds we’ll get a better idea in the next few weeks as the temperature warms up.