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Throughout the state, unseasonably warm temperatures greened up cool-season grasses, but livestock producers still had to provide supplemental hay and feed. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
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-- Audrain County, Mo.
-- Caddo Parish, La.
-- West Salem, Ohio
-- Buffalo County, Neb.
-- East central Iowa
Many counties in the Rolling Plains haven't had significant rain or snow since October. Without rain soon, those who grow winter wheat for grazing and grain will have some hard choices to make, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Todd Baughman)
So when do I decide to keep my wheat and not as a double crop and when do I toprdress it? Right now. You can read all the research and make your own decision. I want to keep what looks good enough to topdress.
I think we missed a good window last week when the ground was frozen with a little snow to get the N on and let it melt down into the wheat.
Wheat has always been a third sister here, not even second, so it is hard to copy the neighbors on this one. You have to do it all by yourself. (Read more wheat-related comments at AgWeb's www.VirtualWheatTour.com)
-- Southwest Ohio
Winter in Upstate New York.
-- Jefferson County, N.Y.
-- Holmes County, Miss.
2/9 - Texas: Freezing cold hammered agricultural operations, halting fieldwork, damaging crops and stressing livestock, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Though there were some positive aspects noted — death of overwintering insects and moisture from melt-off — most reports the winter storm’s affects on agriculture were negative.
Snow and ice stressed livestock throughout Texas and required producers to supply more hay and supplemental feed. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo)
-- Jackson County, Iowa
-- Decatur, Ill.
-- Callaway County, Mo.
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