US Winter Wheat Faces Make or Break Week

Monday, January 31, 2011
By Paul Martin

America’s parched hard red winter wheat crop may face something of a make or break week, potentially receiving up to 20 inches of snow – which it will need to protect it from a follow-up freeze.

Weather models have “changed dramatically overnight”, placing a “major winter storm” on the agenda for the US Plains early next week, veteran meteorologist David Tolleris said.

The storm, which “will easily be one of the biggest” of the winter, looks set to dump up to 10-20 inches of snow on a swathe Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, northern Texas and Kansas, America’s top wheat-growing state, where a dearth of moisture has set back winter seedlings.

“I don’t know if it is crop-saving moisture, but it will certainly help,” Mr Tolleris, head of, said, estimating the snow at equivalent to some 1-2 inches of rain.

‘Really destroy the crop’

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