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Another Rough Winter? Farmers' Almanac Says So

Jeff Caldwell 08/27/2014 @ 7:30am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Not again!

A year ago, the Farmers' Almanac, which has been around for almost two centuries, accurately forecast the record-breaking cold and snowy conditions in the nation's center. Now, amidst the sweltering late-summer heat, they're at it again.

The 198th edition of the Farmers' Almanac says this winter will be another harsh one; it likely won't be as severe in spots as it was last year, but it will be "another one for the record books," says Almanac editor Peter Geiger.

"The winter of 2014-2015 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-fourths of the nation, with the most frigid areas occurring in and around the northern Plains and Great Lakes," the latest Farmers' Almanac says. "No region will see prolonged spells of above-normal temperatures."

There is one caveat to this projection, though: El Niño. The book's weather outlook was compiled before federal weather officials confirmed a switch in the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) to an El Niño pattern, which typically means a milder winter for the Midwest. The good news is that system could mean badly needed rainfall for the severely drought-stricken state of California, but Farmers' Almanac editors say they still believe winter will be a rough one for the Midwest.

Farmers' Almanac: Another rough winter?!
Published: 8/27/2014
So, the folks at the Farmers' Almanac say it's going to be another rough winter in the Midwest and northern Plains. I remember thinking they were crazy when they called for such a rough winter last summer, and we all know how that worked out! 


What To Expect This Fall
Published: 8/22/2014
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Extreme weather events out West.
Published: 8/24/2014
Well this has been crazy out here this last month. Huge fires in Oregon and Washington have scorched more than a million acres and burnt up an entire town, burned up wheat and severely damaged apple orchards, killed alot of cattle and burnt up alot if hay. Last week we have a 100 year rain event in western Idaho; which likely made alot of the soft white into chicken feed.


Rains
Published: 8/23/2014
Today again Southern MN. Northern and NE Iowa going into N IL today....not helping corn or beans? Theses were the dry areas that need rain. Bigger and better time will tell This has to be one of the wettest Aug. that I can remember in along time. 


Hail damage
Published: 8/22/2014
I talked to my guy today and asked what the hail adjuster said on my 80 acre field.m He said their was some bruises but not really damaged that badly. Parallel to this 80 in a highline transmission line approximate 15-20 years old. I guess i'm lucky it didn't hurt my beans much but the combine will tell the tale.


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