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Rain, Snow Puts Planting on Hold

17:22PM May 01, 2017

“It looks more like January, not April … certainly one for the record books.”

That was Domenica Davis’ take on Winter Storm Ursa, which plowed its way through the Plains this weekend, dropping heavy snow and wind along the way. The storm delivered up to 39” of snow in the Rockies, but even areas of Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas saw blizzard conditions and 9” to 18” of snow.

Meantime, the Midwest and Southern U.S. was dealt a deadly round of thunderstorms and tornadoes that killed at least 13 people and brought widespread flooding to those areas.

Flooding in southern Missouri was so bad that both directions of Interstate 44 were shut down over the weekend. Some areas of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas received 11” of rain. According to the National Weather Service, significant river flooding is occurring or imminent in significant areas of Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Indiana from now through May 5.

The inclement weather comes at a critical time in the crop season. A week ago, corn planting was 17% complete – basically even with the five-year average (18%). A year ago at this time, corn was 45% planted versus 30% for the five-year average. Will this weather cause a significant drag on this year’s planting pace?

Meantime, farmers and others took to Twitter to document the weather they’re currently dealing with.