Floods May Have Hurt Winter Wheat Crop in Southeast Missouri

Jan 25, 2016

Agriculture officials said it's too soon to know if recent flooding in southeast Missouri damaged the area's winter wheat crop.

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Anthony Ohmes, an agronomy specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, told The Southeast Missourian that wheat crops can handle being submerged when it's cold. But he said the warmer weather in the region in December may have made the wheat less prepared for being under water.

Ohmes said it will be tough to know how the crops will do until the weather warms up.

Dave Reinbott, an agriculture business specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, said it could be worse. He said if the flooding happened in April or May, farmers could have lost a variety of crops, such as corn and soybeans too.