Damage to the state’s winter wheat crop is still being assessed after last weekend’s snowstorm.
Caroline Brauer, executive director of the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association, says the early spring snow came at an unfortunate time for many growers.
“The highest levels of snowfall we saw were in the southwest region,” Brauer says. “They got up to eight inches of snow, parts of the Panhandle saw anywhere from one to four inches. Eastern Nebraska saw some decent rainfall but didn’t get any snow damage.”
Brauer says some fields are still buried under a white blanket, so it’s unclear how bad off the wheat may be.
“What we’re waiting to see right now is whether there will be any major damage to tillers,” Brauer says. “With the colder temperatures, the snow hasn’t melted yet so it’s unclear exactly what the extent of the damage will be at this point.”
Brauer says some areas may have dodged the bullet.
“In parts of the northern Panhandle, the crop was in an earlier stage of growth,” she says. “It wasn’t as tall so we’re thinking the crop up there will likely weather the damage a little better. It’s parts of the southwest where the eight inches they reported were heavy and wet. There’s the potential there for some tillering damage.”
Brauer says it may well be next week before they know how much damage is out there.
Reporting by Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton