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Hot, hot, hot!

Jeff Caldwell 06/27/2012 @ 1:13pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

How hot is it around the country?

Temperature records are being blown out of the water by triple-digit readings from the Rocky Mountains to the mid-South. Readings of 100 degrees or more have been common in many points in the middle 1/3 of the U.S. Here are just a few of the sweltering records, according to MDA EarthSat Weather Travis Hartman:

  • High temperatures in Denver, Colorado, have exceeded 100 degrees in the last 5 days, setting a record for the number of consecutive days over the century mark.

  • In St. Louis, Missouri, an expected high temperature of 107 degrees later this week would break that city's all-time high temperature for June.

  • Chicago, Illinois, hasn't seen 100 degrees in 24 years, but that mark's expected to be surpassed this week.

  • The temperature hasn't surged past 100 degrees in Atlanta, Georgia, for nearly 6 decades, but temperatures up to 103 are expected for later this week. The last time the mercury climbed that high in Atlanta was in June 1886.

  • The temperature is expected to surge to 104 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee, over the weekend, tying that city's all-time record high.



Crop at a crossroads

On a day when the grain markets screamed higher & opened the door to major volatility, one editor hit the road to see how things look in southern Iowa & northern Missouri.

Drought in Hoosierland

Think you're dry? Well, there are many northern & central Indiana farmers who are in the same boat. Here's a look at some fields one editor observed during a visit to northern & central Indiana.

How about South Dakota?

South Dakota is called the land of infinite variety, & for good reason. The 2012 growing season has so far shown great differences in soil moisture levels and crop conditions.


 

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Irrigated or done 06/27/2012 @ 3:01pm Any corn in central mo that isn,t irrigated is probably not going to put on an ear. We are irrigating a lot but with these temps I don't know if it can pollinate or not. It is a lot worse out here than people think.

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