Royce Schaneman, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Board, says winterkill is prevalent in areas of the state that were hit with cold snaps this winter and where there wasn’t enough snow cover.
“What some producers are seeing in parts of the state is either some winterkill issues or drought-related issues that have us pretty concerned about the crop and how it’s going to come on,” Schaneman says. “It’s especially in the southern Panhandle and the southwest corner of the state.”
Winterkill losses are approaching 50% in some areas and conditions are continuing to slide with the warm, dry weather. This may lead to destroying the stand and replanting, he says, but they’ll know more in the next week or so.
“I would almost say that if they’re seeing 40% or greater loss in a stand,” he says, “there’s probably a pretty good chance those fields might not ever make it to maturity and they’ll look for other options.”
Schaneman says replanting options include millet, sorghum, edible beans and even corn in some areas. However, that crop choice will be largely determined by moisture.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton