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Spring planting delays get mention in new outlook

A new two-month weather outlook brings one of the first mentions of potential planting delays next spring. In a report issued Wednesday by MDA EarthSat Weather, below-normal temperatures are seen for two thirds of the U.S. in the next 31-60 days, including in the major crop production areas of the Plains, Southeast, Delta and Midwest. Above-normal precipitation is forecast for the Northern Plains and Corn Belt, along with areas in the West and East.

"The cold and wet conditions across the northwestern Midwest will help to build snow cover, which could cause some issues next spring with delayed spring crop planting," said Don Keeney, MDA EarthSat Weather meteorologist.

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report still shows a large "abnormally dry" area across the central U.S., stretching from central Missouri and northestern Kansas through Iowa, eastern Nebraska, the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota. These drought areas are regarded as having "short-term" impact, according to the Drought Monitor agencies.

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