Farm Progress

New Year Snows Boost Wheat

Decent snow that arrived heading into the New Year has helped wheat.

Tanner Ehmke 1, Staff writer

January 9, 2013

1 Min Read

The drought on the plains is far from broken, but the decent snow that arrived heading into the New Year has helped breathed new life into our wheat.

In the final week of 2012, our farm received snowfall accumulations of 7-8". The general rule of thumb is 10 inches of snow equals 1 inch of rain…depending on how heavy or fluffy it is. Figuring the snow we received in the last week was "normal," that translates to about 0.7-0.8" of precip. That's half of all the moisture we've received since the end of September.


Getting moisture as snow is also a bonus since nearly all the moisture will move down into the soil with very little of it evaporating. This is a huge benefit to developing the plant's root system, which has been very underdeveloped from the drought. Yield potential, though, is still far from being established.

About the Author(s)

Tanner Ehmke 1

Staff writer

Tanner Ehmke is a writer and agricultural producer in Lane County, Kansas, where his family has farmed since 1886. Located in the semi-arid High Plains of western Kansas, he grows dryland wheat, rye, triticale and grain sorghum in reduced-till and no-till systems. Tanner graduated from Kansas State University’s Master of Agribusiness program in 2011 after completing his thesis on seed wheat prices, and is currently in the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program’s Class XI.

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