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The Heat Is On
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Mon Jun 17, 2013 01:27 PM CDT

The crop seasons during the past few years seem to feature extremes of one kind or another versus a “normal” round of temperature and rainfall patterns. Just look at the past five years: flooding followed by mild summer temperatures (2008); a very cool summer with much-delayed harvest (2009); rapid planting pace and then unfavorable late-summer heat (2010); tremendous severe storm damage, flooding, regional drought and late-summer heat (2011); and widespread drought (2012).

Corn yields have reflected this pendulum swing. In 2008, USDA’s final national corn yield came in at 153.9 bushels per acre—the second-highest yield on record at the time. ...

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