Despite receiving its fair share of cold weather this month, most of the wheat crop in Crawford County is safe.

Wildcat Extension District Crops and Soils Agent Josh Coltrain said he struggled to find any significant damage to the crop.

“I don’t think it’s that widespread,” Coltrain said. “There was some damage, but it’s little enough that it is going to be hard to quantify.”

The wheat itself is further behind compared to the past several years, with the head of plant expected to become visible within the next week or so. However, according to Coltrain, the crop’s advancement is closer to what it should be.

“Last year we would’ve seen the head three weeks before or maybe even longer,” he said. “We’ve been getting used to it being earlier than it truly should be, so this year we are returning more to the norm and probably even a little later than normal.”

The agent said he remains optimistic about the crop’s potential this year.

“I was looking at wheat yesterday in Crawford County and there is still very high potential,” he said. “It looked like our damage was not that great and the potential is still there for some pretty impressive yield.”

According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Lindenberg, Crawford County is expected to receive rainfall Wednesday night with temperatures in the high 50s.

“It looks like we’ll have some sunshine on Thursday with highs in the mid 60s before another system moves in with showers Thursday night,” Lindenberg said. “After that it looks sunny from Friday through Monday with temperatures warming back into the 70s over the weekend.”

— Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.