Grain Needs Rain. Who Gets the Next Drink?

June 29, 2016 09:22 AM
Dry Corn

Crops need rain to grow, and USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says some areas have not been getting enough precipitation this month. Many Midwest communities have seen less than an inch of rainfall in June this year, he says, including places like Burlington, Iowa; Quincy, Ill.; Lansing, Mich.; and St. Louis.

“We are seeing a number of dry areas across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, and more recently into the western Corn Belt,” he says. “The big question is – where do we go from here?”

The silver lining to these dry areas is that they have been relatively devoid of extreme heat this crop season, Rippey adds. And for a little while longer, that heat is expected to stay parked in the Southwest, West and deep South.

Over the next week, Rippey says the big weather story is that colliding fronts will “wring out a lot of rain” from Colorado and Kansas eastward all the way to the Carolinas.

“Don’t be surprised to see 2” to 6” totals,” he says. Further north, don’t expect a lot of precipitation, he adds.

Rippey spoke at length with AgriTalk host Mike Adams about what upcoming weather the Midwest could expect:

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