Nebraska Wheat Suffering From Extreme Weather

Drought and freeze damage has taken a toll on Nebraska's wheat crop. The Nebraska Wheat Board surveyed area wheat farmers on the condition of the crop. In the northern panhandle Nebraska Wheat Board spokesperson Caroline Brauer, says the crop looks to average 10 - 50 bushels an acre.

In the southern panhandle, the crop has struggled with the on-going drought and freeze damage. Brauer says yields look to be down around 20 percent. The panhandle wheat crops looks to average 25 to 30 bushels an acre.

In presenting at the Hard Winter Wheat Quality Tour meeting in Colby, KS. Brauer shared how the state's wheat crop is highly variable ranging from a report in the Chappel area with estimated yields as low as three bushels an acre to irrigated wheat in southwest Nebraska predicted to average 70 to 80 bushels an acre.

The state's wheat production will take a big hit this year. The Nebraska Wheat Board is forecasting statewide range from 20 to 40 bushels with an average in the 30's, but production could be lower than current estimates as a lot of wheat will be claimed or plowed under and planted to another crop.

In 2012, Nebraska's wheat crop averaged 41 bushels per acre and total production totaled 53.3 million bushels, the state's smallest crop since 2002.

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