Freeze Damage in NC Wheat

We are seeing freeze damaged wheat on significant acres in Washington and Beaufort Counties.

Ron Heiniger has explained that the main tillers were killed, causing the remaining tillers to be forced to put on heads in a hurry, resulting in many heads only inches from the soil surface.  These heads have no grain in them.

Some plants were not damaged as severely, and seemed to put on a normal head, only to have the damaged area of the stem rot and therefore the wheat is breaking over and falling down over the last few weeks.

Walk your wheat fields, and let us know if you see anything like this.

Rod Gurganus
Beaufort County Extension Director
North Carolina State University
252-946-0111 (Office)

252-943-5832 (Mobile)