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Source: Planalytics news release

Memorial Day comes early this year. As the country pauses to honor our veterans with picnics and parades, producers in some parts will still be planting - provided that they get in and out of the fields before the rains come.

A very slow moving upper level low pressure system is expected to generate daily episodes of strong to severe thunderstorms that started on Thursday, May 22 and are expected to continue each day through the Holiday weekend across the Central and Southern Plains, especially the more western areas.

Drought Stricken Plains Getting a Drink!

Total rainfall amounts of 1 to 3+ inches are forecast to fall on the drought stricken areas of northwest Texas, Oklahoma, and western Kansas. Coverage of 1 inch or greater is expected over 80 percent of this area by the time it is all said and done. The latest drought Monitor issued on May 20th is inset to the left.

The Dark area coincides with the Exceptional Drought Area (D-4) and the deep red area identifies Extreme Drought (D-3). Pastureland will surely benefit from the rain. Winter wheat that is not dead or ripe could still see some quality boost. Kansas and Nebraska wheat will likely see the most benefit from the rain.

Wetness Again Delays Planting for North Dakota and Minnesota

By late next week, the weakened upper low pressure system will push into the lower Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio River Valleys, the middle Atlantic, and southern New England bringing with it a half to 2+ inches of rain.

At the same time the northern storm track becomes re-established across southern Canada, Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska, and Iowa. For those areas that have completed planting, rain potential of three quarters to 1.5 inches of rain and warmer temperatures will spawn vegetative growth.

However, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan remain well behind their five year average planting for corn, soybeans, spring wheat, oats, barley, and sugar beats. More rain will further delay planting of all crops through the first week of June. Overall, temperatures will be closer to normal and not as likely to be accompanied by a widespread freeze.

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