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Ag Weather Forum
Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Wed Aug 12, 2015 03:46 PM CDT

As the ag world comes to grips with the much-higher-than-expected production estimates in the USDA August 12 reports, a look back at the environment that crops had during July is useful.

It's been noted here and elsewhere that July temperatures play a dominant role in determining the welfare of corn during pollination. Following the drought of 2012, a USDA crop weather study concluded that record-hot temperatures in July lopped more than 20 bushels an acre off the national corn yield; by far the biggest hit to production of any element that season. On the other hand, mild temperatures allow corn ...

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