Planting delays to continue, meteorologists say
CHICAGO, Illinois (Agriculture.com)--Despite a recent rain event for much of the Corn Belt, soil moisture levels remain low, weather experts say.
At the MDA Weather Services 11th annual spring agriculture conference, Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University weather specialist, suggested more rain is needed to build subsoil moisture levels in major crop-producing states.
Meanwhile, Kyle Tapley, MDA Weather Service meteorologist, says the weather models show a wet April delaying Midwest corn planting, but May weather looks favorable.
Variablity of moisture is just one factor that folks should be watching, regarding drought prospects for 2013. "The other major factor for a drought is temperature. Both have an impact on drought conditions, it's not just about water," Taylor says.
In addition, Taylor is expecting the national U.S. corn yield to fall below trendline for a fourth year in a row.