The different "Colors" of our Wheat

The different "Colors" of our Wheat

Now that the snow is gone and winter has momentarily loosened it’s grip, I have been asked about the different “colors” of out wheat crop. There seems to be basically two: One a golden brown and one a white bleached out look.
The gold brown is mostly just the frosted leaf ends that were exposed to the extreme temperatures and for the most part will probably not cause any yield reduction. Most fields have this look.
The bleached white which extends to the ground might be more serious. It is mostly seen on “ranker” wheat that has been grazed. It might represent winterkill and mean the loss of some tillers. It is not uncommon in our area and does not mean the loss of our wheat crop, but probably does mean a tiller reduction and can lead to some loss of yield.

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