Heavy snowfall devastates Western Kansas wheat crop

“We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop this Weekend,” reads the headline.

(Remember my warning about fighting in the streets for food?)

1 May 2017 – “Most of @KansasWheat country shut down and no power. Devastating conditions,” Gilpin tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service had forecast at least 6 inches of snow with some locales tallying up a foot or more from eastern Colorado through western Kansas into central Nebraska,

Winter wheat is planted in the fall, goes dormant during the winter, and sprouts again in the spring. Winter wheat accounts for two thirds, or more, of the U.S. crop each year.

Kansas grew 1 of every 5 bushels of U.S. wheat last year, 467 million of the 2.31 billion bushels nationwide.



Thanks to Mom2Kids for these links

“Looks like lots of the Hard Red Winter wheat in Kansas, panhandle of OK and TX is rurnt,” says Mom2Kids.

Lots of pics/video on twitter.

Here’s one tweet:
12+ inches of snow, 45-50 mph wind… and 30 degrees. Overnight low tonight in the 20s. Death to the 17 HRW wheat crop in Western Kansas.

that is 2 feet tall in Southwest Kansas is no match for half a foot of wet snow.

And here’s an article sent by JBird:

Farmers worry about grain crop losses following the current heavy snowstorm and “freeze event” in western Kansas. Up to 12 inches of snow may have been received in the Garden City area. Check it out (picture with story):


13 thoughts on “Heavy snowfall devastates Western Kansas wheat crop

    • I wouldn’t worry about that, because just about/around that time (Maybe 15yrs?) their King will come on the seen bringing around with it, lots and lots and lots of “Heat” which will let them adapt to their for coming “future” !

      At least they will be prepared…

      ? !!!

  1. we will be freezing and fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice! Shivering in bitter cold, hungry and frustration will become the new norm as heating bills rapidly rise as it gets colder and colder. People will start fearing winter in October already. Better invest in some jackets and warm clothing!

  2. If the ground is 10ºC at 50mm depth a covering of snow should not be too much of a problem as it insulates from cold winds and night frost. Ultimately the snow will melt and give the crop a boost but if they had snow on the fresh young shoots that would be a serious matter.

    • JohnPAK(Au) …
      The problem is that the wind and heavy snow either broke the wheat stalks, which will not recover, or it was sufficiently cold to freeze and rupture the stalks. This is not wheat that’s just emerged, but wheat that’s 60 cm high. Had it been recently emerged the snow would have insulated the shoots, but HRW is getting close to full height.

    • Quote:
      “In a lot of places, the (wheat) stems actually snapped or kinked over,” said Aaron Harries, a vice president of research at Kansas Wheat in Manhattan, “If that’s the case, it can’t get nutrients to the head anymore, and it’s done.”
      1 5th of the US Wheat crop ended in a 24 hrs period.
      Commenters on this site have been posting on this very subject week in week out, Grand Soalr Minimums not only produce intense cold periods during winter but long, cold rain/snow Springs and early cold Autumns. The NH Growing season is shortening.
      Documented peer reviewed, real science shows that the changeover period between the benign, warm weather of the Solar Warm Period and the cold, wet and windy weather of a Grand Solar Minimum is around 10 years, given that the previous cycle Sc23 hit solar minimum during 2007, and this cycle started in 2008, time is up. The remains of this cycle- 3 years + and the duration of SC25 – 11 years +/-, the next 14 years are going to be a real pain in the rear from a cold climate perspective.

  3. Oh well at least there wont be fighting on the streets for water.
    There’ll be plenty of snow and rain.
    Look on the bright side of life (sarc).

  4. Just to clarify, for anyone who isn’t from the US or isn’t a native English speaker: “rurnt” = ruined. US slang, usually South and West.

    • I was born and raised in the US of A, and have lived over 20 years in the West and South (various places and times)… but I have never heard that. (But then I would not consider Kansas the West… and one of my oldest friends is from Kansas, never heard her say that either). Just sayin’!

      Are you talking about something said in one of the videos (which I normally don’t watch, since it’s difficult on my computer)? It is true some places people have very strong and different accents… makes life interesting, if you ask me.

  5. The problem with monocropping… huge land masses only growing one or two crops. The old adage “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” applies here.

    Farming always has had it’s risks, and no matter how much modern technology there is… I am sure it will continue to be so. Not to say this isn’t likely to be devastating. Along with a lot of cattle freezing, other crop losses etc., I expect we’ll start seeing significant food inflation.

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