Cooler Weather for the Weekend But Not Enough to Slow Down Wheat

We might finally get to wear a winter coat at least once this year, and that chance is this weekend. Kathleen Carroll, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh:

“Yeah, it looks like we’re in for a little bit of a cool down this weekend, with Sunday being the coolest, just making it into the 40s…low 40s at that.”
As for over night lows…

“For Saturday night into Sunday looks like mid-20s and then Sunday night looks like about the same thing; mid-20s.”

NC State Extension Small Grain specialist, Dr. Randy Weisz says that a couple of days of cooler weather aren’t going to be enough to slow down the wheat crop:

“It will slow it down for a day or two, but for most of the crop out there, we need to see temperatures in the teens to kill some of the larger tillers. And that would be great! If we could temperatures below 20 degrees and stay there for four or five hours every night for a few nights, maybe some of the larger tillers would be killed, and that would help thin out the crop.”

To argue in the alternative, are the colder temperatures that are predicted going to be cold enough to harm the wheat since it’s in such a lush, vegetative state?:

“It might do some leaf burning, but I don’t  think it’s going to do enough. It might do some cosmetic damage, but I doubt it will do anything serious.”

We’ll talk further with NCSU Extension Small Grain Specialist Dr. Randy Weisz tomorrow on Inside Agriculture.


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