No Long-Term Yield Damage Expected in Red River Valley

March 29, 2009 07:00 PM
 

Sara Muri, AgWeb Business & Crops Online Editor
 
Farmers in the Red River Valley have been suffering from triple weather threats:
  • heavy snowfall
  • severe rain
  • warm temperatures
 
This combination of extreme weather has caused some serious flooding in the area.
 
River Flood Outlook
 Source: WSI AgTrader
 
Luckily, farmers shouldn't suffer long-term based on this round of flooding says Dan Leonard, a meteorologist for WSI AgTrader, an agricultural weather service.
 
"There may be some delay in planting,” Leonard says, "but it doesn't look like it will have a long-term effect on the yields.”
 
This is, of course, if no major storms occur in the near future.
 
Leonard says looking at the long-range charts a cooler and damper pattern could be on the way, which may mean another one or two rain or snowstorms in the next few weeks. "If that does verify, then we could be looking at more significant delays in the planting season.
 
 
 
Read what some farmers from the area are saying in AgWeb Crop Comments.
 

 
You can e-mail Sara Muri at smuri@farmjournal.com.
 

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