NEWS
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Thu Apr 4, 2013 10:21 AM CDT

Omaha (DTN) – The word “extreme” is getting a workout regarding spring 2013 versus spring 2012. A year ago, record-warm temperatures and dry soils had corn growers running planters by mid-March. There’s a sharp contrast in 2013, of course. Daytime temperatures running 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal have made the month of March seem like a displaced version of January—no corn planting in the Midwest this year.

However, precipitation—even with some powerful snowstorms in late February and March—has not shown a meaningful rebound from last summer’s drought. And so, for the western Corn Belt, spring 2013 presents a cold pattern ...

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