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Record Freeze in U.S. Extending Wheat Crop Damage

The coldest start ever to the wheat-growing season in Kansas and freezing weather across the southern Great Plains are compounding damage to U.S. crops already hurt by the worst drought since the 1930s.

“I’m going to assume 75 percent of my wheat froze” when temperatures dropped as low as 13 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 11 Celsius) on April 10, said Gary Millershaski, who has been farming in southwestern Kansas for three decades and this year planted 2,800 acres of hard, red winter wheat on his land near Garden City, Kansas. “It looks like someone sprayed a defoliant on it.”