Frosty Conditions Delay Wheat Planting in Northern Plains

April 27, 2017 12:25 PM

Wheat planting in the northern Plains is slow due to cool, wet conditions. Through much of the week, temperatures are expected to remain below average.

In North Dakota, 9 percent of the spring crop is in the ground. Usually it’s closer to 25 percent.

Acres are forecast lower as farmers continue to say they’re not planting wheat in 2017.

“We sell seed and we sold as little wheat this year as we’ve sold ever,” said Josh Schumacher, a farmer from Pandora, Ohio. “A lot of guys just didn’t plant any wheat unless they want to do some the following summer.”

Wheat prices are seeing a bit of a bump as cold weather is forecast in the next few days all the way down to the Oklahoma-Texas border.

A blast of cold air and hard freeze could damage winter wheat as temperatures are expected to bottom out in the upper 20s

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