Weekly Weather and Crop Update
Warm, dry and windy would be the best way to describe last weeks weather. Temperatures averaged 69.3 degrees and that was .9 degrees above normal. Growing degree units totaled 132 which was 5 percent more than normal. Since May 1 we have accumulated 663 growing degree units. That is 8 percent above normal. Plus, much of the corn was planted the third week in April before the official start of the growing season on May 1. So, we are likely around 10 percent above normal in growing degree units!
It was dry last week as we saw no rain. The normal rainfall for the week would be 1.11 inches. It was unusual to see as much wind as we did last week. The average wind speed for the entire week was 15 miles per hour and four of the seven days we saw wind speeds of 30 miles an hour. That has made it very difficult for farmers to get herbicides applied to soybeans. This is especially true for farmers planning on using one of the dicambia herbicides with the cut-off date of 45 days after planting or June 20.
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