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Planting delays to continue, meteorologists say

04/12/2013 @ 12:22pm

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.


VIDEO: U.S. corn likely to miss trendline yield



Meanwhile, Kyle Tapley, MDA Weather Service meteorologist, says the weather models show a wet April delaying Midwest corn planting, but May weather looks favorable.


VIDEO: Wet April, Drier May seen for Corn Belt


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. 

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04/14/2013 @ 1:35pm We got 4inches this week and more on the way. Might get started maybe may1 if the lakes dry up.

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