Freezing temperatures drop on Kansas wheat fields

reuters / Potentially crop-damaging freezing temperatures descended on to western Kansas early April 16, where the new crop of hard red winter wheat was maturing rapidly, but wheat experts said the wheat likely held up well.

“It can tolerate some pretty cool temperatures with little or no damage,” said Kansas State University agronomist Jim Shroyer.

Six counties in the western part of key producer Kansas saw temperatures dip below freezing from midnight to early morning, according to data gathered by Kansas state climatologists.

Generally for freezing temperatures to do sustained damage, conditions have to be well-below freezing for several hours.

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