NEWS
USDA Defends Weather Models
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Fri Feb 22, 2013 03:21 PM CST

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- More than half of the country may be besieged by drought now, but such acute subsoil moisture shortfalls bear no correlation to yields come harvest, USDA meteorologists and crop forecasters told attendees at the Feb. 21-22 USDA Outlook Conference.

"I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it comes down to weather in June and July," USDA ag meteorologist Brad Rippey said when attendees questioned USDA's optimistic yield forecast. "History shows that even in the wake of the drought of 1988, it seems to be late spring and summer weather that determines the outcome for row crops."

Although farmers ...

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