Winter's impact on local wheat crop remains to be seen
The manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said it's going to have to be a wait and see approach on how the cold and snowy winter is impacting this year's wheat crop.
Brad Uken said while East Central Illinois is not a major player when it comes to wheat production, as farmers primarily focus on corn and soybeans, there is some wheat is grown in the area. Uken said wheat is planted in the fall and starts to grow out of the ground before winter hits. He said it's hard to say what impact the frigid temperatures and constant snowfall is having on the crop.
Uken added that when the weather starts to warm up and the snow melts, we'll have more of an idea of what's expected from this year's wheat crop.
Uken said how the winter impacts the wheat crop could dictate when it will be harvested. That normally happens in early to mid-summer.