Rain Gauge

August 20, 2016 02:30 AM

Farmers report mixed precipitation 

A high-yielding corn crop needs 20" or more of rain during the growing season. Are farmers getting what they need?

To see a full listing of past Farm Journal Pulse polls and to sign up to participate in the survey, visit www.FarmJournalPulse.com

As always, rainfall amounts vary, even among neighbors. An AgWeb Crop Comment posted in early August from Coles County, Ill., sums up the weather for some farmers: “Still waiting for a rain.” Unfortunately, this farmer as well as 20% of the 1,138 Farm Journal Pulse poll respondents have received 2" of rain or less during the past three months.

On the other end of the spectrum, 9% of the respondents say they’ve received 20" or more of rain during the growing season. A recent Crop Comment from northeast North Dakota says, “We’re drowning ... plus disease is showing up. Looks like 30% of acres are lost to water.” 

Moving forward, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts average rainfall amounts across the Corn Belt in September and October. The exception is the Dakotas, where there’s an increased chance for above-normal precipitation through fall.

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