2010 Planting Weather: Reverse of 2009?

January 25, 2010 06:00 PM

Linda H. Smith, AgWeb Business and Marketing Editor
We'll kick off the 2010 spring season with cotton planting delays, due to cool temperatures combined with normal to wetter than normal weather, says Fred Gesser at Planalytics. "Texas has already lost most of its droughty areas.”
Unlike last year, heavy snow pack in the Northern Plains will NOT be repeated this year, he says. "In fact, the concern during the spring season following a moderate El Nino winter like this one is that there has been too little winter moisture loading soils. This means spring planting should get off to a much earlier start this year in the Northern Plains.”
Gesser expects below-normal temperatures in March through the entire Plains, across the south, up through Virginia, West Virginia, southern Ohio and across the "I” states. Precipitation in March will be normal in the Southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley; below normal in the "I” states and north. The Southeast will have above-average rain.

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You can e-mail Linda Smith at lsmith@farmjournal.com.

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