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If you think it's been a dry harvest season across the Corn Belt and much of the country...you're right! The first weeks of Fall have been exceptionally dry across most of the Corn Belt and Central U.S. The few wet spots have been in Nebraska and of course the torrents in the Carolina's.
This map shows rainfall vs average over the past three weeks with most of the Corn Belt receiving 50% or less of normal rainfall. Great for harvesting. LARGER MAP VIEW CLICK HERE
The favorable warm and dry harvesting trends continue over the next couple weeks. Temperatures for 8-21 October trend above normal for the Corn Belt. LARGER MAP VIEW
Rainfall totals for the first full month of Fall (21 Sept - 21 Oct) are trending the lowest in many decades. This is a wholesale change from last year that trended 30% above average rainfall and 6th wettest of the past 25 years. LARGER CHART VIEW
The 2-week rainfall outlook looks very promising for more very dry harvesting weather across the Corn Belt. LARGER MAP VIEW
While the dry weather is a blessing now...this time next year it will be a curse. Our forecast of a moderate to severe drought across the entire Corn Belt still holds as El Nino is approaching the strongest on record. As it collapses next year toward a moderate La Nina we expect Corn conditions similar to 2012 and $6.50 Corn prices. No we don't have a position in the market - just warning you of what is almost a certainty based on the 24 climate cycles and statistics we track.
For now have a wonderful harvest and be safe! I'm here to help anytime so don't hesitate to give me a call 610-807-0118. You can also get a lot of these maps FREE on our web site www.wt360ag.com
- Captain Kirk out
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