An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Author Susan J. Bissonette
The wind blew, and the ice-covered trees sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies as a stream of milk causes them to release their trademark "snap, crackle and pop."
We walked across the road to the wheat field, and there was more crunching than a roomful of celery-and-carrot-munching dieters as our boots broke the surface of the ice that encased each tender green plant.
It's too early to know how much April 9th's ice and sleet storm in Central Kansas has damaged the 2013 wheat crop. But it's sure to have an impact.
"It's good we have insurance," my favorite farmer told me.
The K-State experts are hedging their predictions for now.
“The good news is that the wheat crop is not nearly as far along in development as it was at this time last year due to the drought, but any wheat at the jointing stage or later will probably lose some tillers where temperatures were in the teens for an extended time.”Well, being thankful for the drought is definitely a change of pace, right?
Jim ShroyerK-State Research and Extension Crop Specialist
There seems to be a silver lining for us. (Well, at least the fields are glistening like silver.) Unlike Western Kansas, temperatures in Central Kansas didn't dip into the teens. Instead, we were in the 20s. While some of the tillers have probably been damaged, Shroyer says there is time for any undamaged tillers to compensate and minimize potential yield loss. However, that will depend on having adequate moisture, which is uncertain this year.
"Be patient. Do not take any immediate actions as a result of the freeze, such as destroying the field for recropping. It will take several days of warm weather to accurately evaluate the extent of damage."
Jim Shroyer, KSU
|Our ice-covered forsythia bush looked a little different than it did a day or so ago. At the bottom right, compare the ice covered red bloom to the photo in my blog banner. Just a little difference, right?|
|A more typical spring scene|
soup. I love soup. See? If you look hard enough, there's always a silver lining. I guess living with an optimist for 32 years is beginning to rub off on me. We can experience that burst of sunshine - even when it's hiding under a layer of cold, hard facts.