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Winter Wheat Survival in Cold Temperatures


Many farmers are wondering how this recent arctic blast impacted crops underneath the ground.

Ducks Unlimited Agronomist Steve Dvorak says the ground temperatures are the ones to watch.
He says the recent snow cover is a good insulator for the winter wheat seeds in the ground.
He says there is an area in the northwest part of the state, and one in the southwest that don't a lot of snow cover. 
But Dvorak says he isn't worried because currently the wheat is at it's hardiest.

(Steve Dvorak / DU Agronomist) "The snow cover we received is priceless and it will insulate us against any cold points from this point forward. Only those areas that are a little bit short of snow fall need to be concerned. They don't need to be concerned right now, it's later on. If we get some snow in the next couple of weeks in those areas, they will be put to bed and snuggled away's for the winter just like we are. "

Dvorak says typically January and February are the critical times for winter wheat.
He says even if winter kill does impact your field, with a little extra fertilizer and care the stand will come back.
This year North Dakota could reach record winter wheat acres with close to 3/4 of a million acres planted.


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