The winter wheat crop is emerging from dormancy in the central and southern Plains, making it particularly susceptible to frost and freeze damage from recent cold temperatures, and those prospects have farmers in the region nervous about lost yield potential. In Kansas, farmers say their crops are entering the boot stage, where the crop is particularly vulnerable to damage. Past damage has been variable, a call for farmers to scout soon to get a feel for any potential freeze losses. Meanwhile, the cold temperatures are a call for potentially pausing corn and soybean planting until conditions are more favorable. Agronomists advise waiting until soil temperatures have surpassed the 50-degree mark at the 4-inch depth before planting. And for any crop already in the ground, cool, wet conditions in the Midwest could lead to imbibational chilling, an early-season yield culprit. See more on the wheat freeze worries.