Farmers Worried About Impending Heat Wave
You can’t change mother nature, but farmers are wishing they could. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) just released it’s weekly crop progress report. According to the report the USDA claims corn and soybean crops are holding study. Although both crops are below average from where they were at this time last year. Crops were planted much later than normal this year.
Farmers are wondering out loud how the projected high temperatures for weeks on end will affect their crops. Jason Nicholls a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather said that for farmers this is a critical time. If there is no rain, the crops will go downhill very fast. Nicholls added if there is some rain coming, outside of the predicted forecasts, that can be a huge blessing. There could be some good news for Minnesota, there is some rain in the immediate future that is being forecast.
The Southern & Central Part Of The US Are Most At Risk For Intense Heat Wave
The rest of this week and into the weekend and beyond has very high temperatures predicted. Meteorologist Brett Anderson says temperatures in the danger zones, will have temps in the high 90’s. We could also see temperatures that exceed 100 with high humidity. Corn and soybean crops in the past 5 weeks have been considered good or excellent is down by 60%. According to the USDA this year’s report indicates corn is 5% down from last year. Soybeans are 2% down from last year.
The unprecedented rain this spring has caused a lot of damages and delays to crops. Fred Traver a farmer from Ottawa County, Ohio, said he’s talked to many other farmers. He said, “almost everyone of them said, ‘they have never seen a year like this, it’s unprecedented.’ Traver said some farmers talked about dark days in the 80’s. Back then there was a year. when the farmers couldn’t start planting until the first week of June. However not being able to plant until June 21 or later is ‘unheard of’ Traver said.
Farmers Want To Know What’s In Store For Them After Storm Barry
Now that Storm Barry has come and gone, wrecking havoc behind it, farmers want to know what else is coming. Typically July 1 to mid August is usually pretty quiet as far as storm activity. Storms form two specific events, tropical waves and interactions between Jet Streams and the tropics. By the time storm Barry made landfall it was categorized as a hurricane.
That weather event was caused in part due to the interaction of the jet stream over the gulf of Mexico. Towards the end of July the locations of the jet streams shifts and heads North. That’s why typically these types of storms and hurricanes don’t form during the last half of July into August. However experts are saying due to unprecedented weather events happening with more frequency nothing should be ruled out.