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Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst

Friday 02/22/13

Drought Still Looms Over Western Corn Belt
NOAA's latest Drought Outlook continues to offer minimal drought improvement west of the Mississippi River through the spring season.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:45AM CST 02/22/13 by Bryce Anderson | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Bryce, Where does the USDA gather their information in making predicted crop yeilds and acres planted when the NOAA publishes maps like the one above? Ive been to Mich, Ohio, Tenn, and a few other corn belt states and the farms I have been to are bone dry after digging down a foot to three feet. I dont think we will see 99 or 97 mil acres planted and yeilds around 145bu/ac based on the plant population reductions due to low moisture. As always, Thanks for the great information.
Posted by Rick Hedrick at 2:48PM CST 02/23/13
From S.C Minnesota. We have had 4.25" of liquid since Fall tillage was complete with it all soaking into the soil. So we only need 2 to 3 Spring rains to get us off to a great start with planting and early growth. Then, yes, it will depend upon timely rains into late June, July and August to make a crop. We found out last year that we can raise a record crop with 70% of normal precip if it comes timely. We have had a pattern the last 30 days of systems coming in more frequently with moisture. This is nearly the identical pattern to 1935, after the 1934 drought. 1935 then was a pretty good growing season. As farmers we need to be optimistic plus buying good levels of crop insurance in case Mother Nature bursts our optimism.
Posted by MARK & LEA NOWAK at 7:23AM CST 02/24/13
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