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All Eyes on Spring Weather

March 20, 2013
By: Sara Schafer, Farm Journal Media Business and Crops Editor
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With planting season nearing, weather may make or break the 2013 crop. Here’s the outlook.

With March nearly half over, planting conditions and weather forecasts are top-of-mind.

In some southern states, planters are already rolling. "Corn planters rolling here," reports a southeast Arkansas farmer to AgWeb’s Crop Comments. "Temps could be a little warmer, but we take what we get."

A farmer from Fayetteville County, Texas, already has some corn up. "Our moisture is kind of iffy but our corn should come up. Soil seems very cold for Texas this time of year. The corn below was planted Feb. 22."

The Market Impact of Rain

Needed moisture in hard red winter wheat areas are lowering prices. Kim Anderson, Oklahoma State extension economist, says the biggest reason wheat price declined was improved soil moisture in both the corn and HRW wheat growing areas. "Moisture over the hard red winter wheat area trumps just about any other market factor."

Learn more about weather’s market impact and the spring weather outlook, with this video from AgDay:


Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist, says overall drought conditions are improving.

"So if you look at the major row crops in the Midwest, which includes corn and soybeans, we do have a fairly favorable moisture situation at least in the top soil moisture levels heading into Spring," he says. "The overall picture is certainly better than we were this time last year, especially for the Midwest. We still have a lot of concerns from California to the central and southern plains however."

Even though some areas of the country have put the drought behind them (See: Drought Conditions Cease in Eastern Corn Belt), many areas are still suffering. For a recent AgWeb poll, more than 1,800 people have shared their answer to: How long do you expect the drought to last in your area? Around 33% of the votes are for more than one year.

See the individual state results:

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