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Rain forecast hangs over field work again

05/05/2011 @ 11:38am

The current weak weather system in the Midwest has not done much to curtail fieldwork operations in much of central and western Iowa through a lot of Nebraska, so farmers in those areas will again be really going at it today and also for tomorrow.

 Best rains from the system have been over eastern South Dakota, plus southwestern through central Minnesota and we have probably seen enough rain there to halt any fieldwork from taking place today. Rains today and tonight in the Midwest will be mainly east of Interstate 35 but should continue to be quite light. Additional rains for tomorrow night and Saturday should again be very light and again be mainly east of Interstate 35.

A more potent set-up for rain gets starting for the second half of the weekend and continues into the middle of next week. Weather models are handling that system very poorly and are not in good agreement with each other, so forecast confidence is low. Overall though, would favor the best rains from Sunday through the middle of next week to be over the northern Plains as well as the northern and eastern Midwest where most amounts in that period will be over an inch and there may be places getting over two inches.

Overall that is still too much rain in the northern Plains for widespread fieldwork to get going, and the same can be said for the very wet areas of the southeastern Corn Belt. We are going to see improvement in the soggy Delta, though, as the biggest rains should stay north of there through at least early next week. It is still a very stressful weather pattern for the hard-red winter wheat belt.

Much of that area will have no rain the next five days and will have below normal rainfall for the 6-10 day time frame. In addition, 100 degree heat will be seen in a few spots by Saturday and 100 degree temperatures will be possible in parts of that area for Sunday right through Tuesday as well.

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