Northwest Corn Belt Dries Out

March 23, 2015 12:00 PM
Northwest Corn Belt Dries Out

The northwest Corn Belt is forecast to be drier than normal at spring planting this year, says Brian Basting of Advance Trading, referencing recent National Weather Service reports. Outlooks such as this one are important to monitor because of possible market implications.

Power Hour Noon Logo“That would include Minnesota, the northern tier of Iowa eastern parts of the Dakotas are forecast to be quite dry this spring,” Basting tells “AgDay” during its agribusiness segment. “We all know the weather can change a lot from the end of March to the end of April, end of May. Point being, though, is that weather is unpredictable, and as the weather changes, it can change the price quite a bit, too. It can drive the market higher or drive the market lower.”

Weather Outlook: Spring 2015 Planting

Conversely, he points out, farmers in the Delta are experiencing wetter-than-normal conditions, which has slowed corn planting. The Midwest overall is expected to see normal spring weather conditions, according to the weather service.

Weather not only affects commodity prices but also crop mix in the field, Basting adds.

“Last year, we saw some acres, for example, up in the northern Plains that did not get planted to corn were shifted over to soybeans, and we saw record soybean acres last year,” he says.

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