Looking at the Weekly Weather and Crop Update from the Southern Research and Outreach Center I thought to myself, what a difference a couple weeks can make! Soil temperatures at the 2 inch depth were below freezing until April 20th. Now, just 2 weeks later the soil has warmed up to 60 degrees and field work has begun. Small grains have been planted and a little bit of corn. Hopefully we can get going again in a day or two after the rain last night.

Last week temperatures averaged 53.4 degrees which was 1 degree above normal. Rainfall totaled 1.00 inch and that was 0.14 inches above normal. Soil temperatures at the 2 inch depth averaged 53.6 degrees  very close to the long term normal. Last year this week was miserable. It was cold and wet with an average temperature of 40.9 degrees and we received 1.76 inches of rain.

Hopefully the forecast does not change because it looks pretty good with warm temperatures mostly sunny and light winds. Hopefully the soils dry quickly and we can get back in the field this weekend!


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