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Wheat Farmers Watch the Weather

Rain alleviates dry conditions in some places, while cold threatens some wheat crops.

Wheat producers are keeping an eye on the weather forecasts as some areas are expecting cold weather to move in.

Purdue University Agronomist Chuck Mansfield says that temperatures in the low to mid 20s would likely cause at least some superficial damage where the wheat crop is jointed. He says a couple of hours at 24 degrees Fahrenheit is a dangerous point for jointed wheat, or 12 degrees if the wheat isn't jointed.

Jason Kelley, wheat specialist with the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, says freezing weather could significantly damage that state's wheat crop this weekend. Parts of Arkansas may have lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Meanwhile, timely rains have upped wheat yield expectations in Texas. "Statewide, most wheat is considered to have good to excellent yield potential, due to good soil moisture and low disease pressure," says Gaylon Morgan, state small grains specialist, College Station, Texas.

In Kansas and Oklahoma, rains have done away with dry conditions, making it the first time since 2005 that Oklahoma has been drought-free.

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