Source: American Farm Bureau Federation's Newsline

It seems like the nation has been hit with one "colossal storm" after another.  What impact is that having on U.S. agriculture?


AFBF's Johnna Miller reports.





Miller:While many are dreading the latest winter storm tearing through the Midwest, it may actually be good news for the nation's winter wheat crop. 
Todd Davis (AFBF Crop Economist) :Winter months are usually considered to be the downtime, but for winter wheat, it's a crop that's planted in the fall and then it sits dormant, if you will, during the winter months and the moisture that accumulates during the winter sets the stage for the growth in the spring. 
Miller:But American Farm Bureau crop economist Todd Davis says most of the states that grow winter wheat are in a drought.
Davis:The dry areas are mostly located in the southern region. You see a band of abnormally dry to extremely dry land throughout the Carolinas into Georgia and throughout the southern region. It's a little early to gauge the impact on yield, but the markets are factoring in this weather and that has contributed to the higher wheat prices.    
Miller:So the bright side of the heavy snow falling from the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies to the Ohio Valley is that it's bringing needed moisture to areas that need it. 
Davis:Kansas is a big state for winter wheat and they are listed as having some soil moisture problems. The latest January USDA wheat outlook report indicated about 33 percent of the Kansas crop is in very poor or poor condition. Nebraska and Oklahoma and Texas are also listed as states that have condition of very poor or poor wheat. 
Miller:Johnna Miller, Washington.
Miller:Newsline is updated Mondays and Thursdays by 5pm eastern time. Thank you for listening.