Wheat update, April 18, 2018

Photo taken on April 17, 2018 at dryland wheat field in Wichita co near Burkburnett (Photo courtesy of Dr. Kimura)

There were a few hours of freezing temperatures across the Rolling Plains of Texas on 4/7/2018.  It normally takes 7-14 days until freeze damage starts showing up on wheat, so we went scouting for freeze injury damage during 4/13-4/18.  Yes, we found some freeze damages on dryland and irrigated wheat, as you see in the photo.  Symptoms of freeze injury include leaf burn, white seed heads, hook-like seed head, and burned awns.  (For detailed information, please consult https://agrilifecdn.tamu.edu/lubbock/files/2017/04/Wheat-Freeze-Injury-in-Texas-ESC-026-2014.pdf).  However, as of April 18, my concern for the freeze injury is not as much as for stresses caused by dry conditions and high temperatures although the freeze injury may develop further in the next few days.


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