A wild weather year introduced extreme moisture to many areas of the U.S., leading to planting occurring at a historically slow tempo. The cooler and wetter than average weather didn’t appear to budge all through May, a weather pattern Drew Lerner of Weather World, Inc. mentioned was forecast this winter.
He mentioned one factor his forecast didn’t present is the repeating monsoon-like rains farmers needed to endure this spring.
Because the calendar turned to late June, the heat began to point out up. Temperature and humidity are lastly offering wanted warmth to the late-planted crop. However, Lerner stated they don’t get used to the heat sticking around this year.
A cooler than regular pattern Lerner mentioned happens when the Solar and Lunar cycle is each at play. The situation creates cooler circumstances.
Lerner mentioned that the most compelling case situation is a standard quantity of heat comes by the second half of summer. However, he says rising degree day accumulations will end the season below normal.
With cooler than normal circumstances, what about an early frost or freeze? Lerner stated that’s his most significant concern right now.
Farm Journal Agronomist Ken Ferrie mentioned an early frost or freeze could take 30 to 40 bushels off crop yield in areas. Nonetheless, there may very well be some areas that don’t see the chilly fall deliver a sudden end to the crop. Lerner thinks the Ohio River Basin and decreases Missouri River Valley might see an extended growing season than counterparts to the north. He stated the autumn warmth and later than regular freeze that growers have to grow to be used to the previous few years shouldn’t be possible.
Lerner mentioned the excellent news is he doesn’t see the U.S. turning off extraordinarily hot or dry, two components that would toast this year’s crop. Nevertheless, there’ll nonetheless be challenges to ending out the late-planted crop this year.