Drew Lerner, president and founder of World Weather, Inc., told host Chip Flory on Friday’s AgriTalk After the Bell, “I do see some parallels to 1936. Don’t get me wrong, I do not expect it to be nearly as severe as it was in 1936, but there are similarities in the pattern.”
Lerner explained following below-normal temperatures in the first four months of 1936, temperatures turned to above-normal in May and continued above-normal through June, July and into August.
“That’s the same kind of pattern I expect for the western Corn Belt this year, although the eastern Belt will likely see cooler temps from mid-July into the end of the growing season,” said Lerner.
Lerner said the above-normal temperatures for the growing season should be expected from western Illinois to the west with conditions worsening (hotter, drier) moving westward into central Nebraska.
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