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 ...

Quick View
  • Stay on Top of SDS The distinctive yellow patches of sudden death syndrome (SDS) are surfacing in soybean fields acr...
  • Cattle Market There may be a little less bull in this fall's calf market, but the fundamentals still spell oppo...
  • Precision Ag Potential Pending Precision agriculture proponents insist the industry can revolutionize agriculture, but first mor...
  • Cash Rent Reset - 2 Iowa farmland owners Fred and Lodean Cook may consider flexible cash leases for the first time th...
  • Iowa Land Gets a Bounce Key Midwest land values are stuck in neutral or sliding below 2014 levels, recently released opin...
  • Canadian Dairy Conundrum Coping with Canada's dairy industry import tariffs and supply controls remains one of the stickin...
  • Senior Partners - 5 This fatherly financial advice is meant to prevent heartaches should the farm economy suffer anot...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl CPA Andy Biebl answers readers' questions on depreciation recapture, defining a "true" lease and ...
  • Ask the Vet Does my calf have a hernia and is it repairable?
Related News Stories
USDA Weekly Crop Progress
APHIS Sued Over GE Crop Info
Another View
USDA Weekly Crop Progress
Newsom On the Market
USDA Disaster Declarations
USDA Reports Flash
USDA Reports Summary
USDA Reports Preview
USDA Weekly Crop Progress