Major winter storm threatens US wheat, cattle farms

February 1, 2011 19:01

Key farm states Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri were being blasted Tuesday by what, according to forecasters, could be a record-setting combination of snow fall and frigid conditions, Reuters reported. Snow could reach a foot or more in some areas.

Oklahoma reported 45 mile-per-hour winds and teperatures as low as nine degrees - a dangerous condition for the states 5.1 million head of cattle.

Fields seeded with winter wheat last autumn could be threatened if they lack a protective snow cover. Frigid conditions can can kill new plants which lack adequate moisture.

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