Rick Minzenmayer, Texas AgriLife Extension specialist for Green and Runnels Counties, in the Southern Rolling Plains, says freeze injury was not as damaging to wheat as the prolonged drought.
“Wheat looked pretty good in December and early January,” Minzenmayer said during the recent Concho Valley Cotton Conference, held every two years in San Angelo. “Typically, we get rainfall in February but we didn’t get it this year and wheat has gone back rapidly. It is extremely dry. I expect much of the wheat acreage to be zeroed out.”
Minzenmayer says much of that acreage could go back to cotton, which has a better option for insurance coverage than other crops.