Martell: Record Midwest Rainfall Causing Severe Damage

June 13, 2013 05:35 AM

Meteorologist Gail Martell of says the U.S. corn crop is off to a shaky start due excessive rainfall across Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. On top of heavy rainfall, she notes that below-normal temps on average for the region have also contributed to a crop that is behind the average pace of development.

Excessive Midwest Rainfall

"Iowa rainfall this season to date is 178% of normal, while the national April-May rainfall is 141% of average. Weather records are always a red flag for crop damage. Last year it was historic drought, this year, excessive wetness threatening to produce severe damage in corn," notes Martell. "The weather forecast continues wet in the Midwest as recurring thunderstorms develop along a stalled frontal boundary the next few days."


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Spell Check

6/13/2013 10:11 PM

  I do not read any crop projections in the article. Where are the numbers of loss..................? Jay​


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