Put in a field of winter wheat for kicks and giggles, with all these showers now maybe we should've put the rest of the canola acres in... but that would've garunteed a 3rd straight year of 100% winter kill.
So interesting. Here in S. Alberta we've not had any significant winter kill in my area in several years. Certainly not 100%! Too much snow? Not enough snow? Dry soil all winter long?
Seems like most winter kill in this area is not actually from the winter, but from drowning in the spring when the snow melts. One winter with very little snow fall I think we had some freeze off. If the soil gets below -5C, winter wheat will die. Here in Alberta our average soil temps rarely get below that, despite much colder air temperatures.
Winter kill is a loose term maybe, fall 2016 it got flooded out by the 9in of rain we had between seeding and freeze up. Last fall we had picture perfect stands going into winter with nice 2ft tall stubble and we were all excited, but what little snow we got melted during a mid-January hot/rainy spell and the crop sat exposed for a month in the heart of winter. Not that many years ago winter wheat was our most profitable crop for 3yrs in a row, been way too good of a crop for us to give up on it completely yet.
"Though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine. Though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren. Though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns lie empty. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:17-18