Spring Weather Disrupting Planting Plans

April 25, 2011 05:54 AM

Wet weather in some areas and dry conditions in others are wrecking havoc on some farmer’s planting progress this spring.

A fading La Nina in the Pacific Ocean is affecting weather across the U.S., says Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist
“It’s really a classic pattern set up right now with the warm, dry weather in the South, cool, wet conditions across the northern states.”
In the Midwest, Rippey says, storm after storm is resulting in much later dates for field work.
Meanwhile, down south, dry weather is both good and bad news.
“We’ve gotten off to a fairly quick start for crops like rice and even in some areas cotton as well, although in Texas and in other parts of the south central United States, it’s so dry that some producers are waiting for moisture to be able to plant,” Rippey says.
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