Several inches of snow falling upon much of Kansas the last few weeks has caused heartache for many a Kansan, but are a blessing for wheat farmers.
Between the two winter storms, snowfall totals ranged from more than 24-inches in south central Kansas and eastern Kansas, to six-inches in southwest Kansas and nearly a foot in northwest and north central Kansas.
"At this point, for the wheat crop any moisture is good moisture," says Jim Shroyer, Extension agronomist for Kansas State University.
The snowfall - with actual precipitation amounts ranging from one-quarter to more than two-inches throughout the state - will help offset the extremely dry conditions many farmers planted into last fall. Some farmers at January's "Cover Your Acres" conference in Oberlin told the agronomist that the last time they saw wheat was when they dumped it in the drill last fall and they haven't seen any wheat since.
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