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7 Photos of Snowy and Flooded Fields From Texas to Illinois
Winter Storm Ursa swept across the High Plains this past weekend, dumping snow from Texas to Nebraska in one of the strongest snowstorms to hit the region this late in the spring, according to the Weather Channel.
The snow hit a winter wheat crop that up until this point was progressing ahead of the average pace with 42% headed compared with the five-year average of 34%. “Freeze injury during heading and flowering stages can cause severe yield consequences,” says the Kansas Wheat Commission. (Read more about the Kansas wheat crop in ‘We Lost the Western Kansas Wheat Crop This Weekend’.)
This weekend’s storm has also caused flooding in eastern Oklahoma, northern Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, according to the National Weather Service, which is slowing down planting progress in certain states and may require replanting in others.
Farmers took to Twitter to share the devastation caused by the late blizzard, freezing temperatures, and flooding.
From Ramsey Farms in Scott City, Kansas:
From Mike Baker in Trenton, Nebraska:
Jarret Bowers took this shot in the northern Texas Panhandle:
Lots of wheat laid over and twisted up in northern TX Panhandle pic.twitter.com/mnEueRcWaK— Jarret Bowers (@JbowersJrod) May 1, 2017
Jeremy Wolf captured this aerial over Homer, Illinois:
Randy Unhrmacher's corn on his farm in Hastings, Nebraska:
Looks like the corn is doing better than the wheat. Big question is on how the last planted corn will do though. pic.twitter.com/cl3FyPa3Hd— Randy Uhrmacher (@Cornfrmr) May 1, 2017
A little sarcasm from Luther Farms. Photo taken in Overton, Nebraska:
Chris Harper shared this shot from Hugoton, Kansas:
This is the same circle of wheat from this morning. Almost looks like it's been hailed on pic.twitter.com/Xfem4VL3H9— Chris Harper (@chrisharper8320) May 1, 2017