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Will wet, cool spring slow planting?

Jordan Anderson 02/20/2014 @ 11:45am Digital Content Editor for Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com

Look for a cool, wet spring this year extending across most of the Northern Plains and Midwest according to MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist, Donald Keeney. Although the dryness will likely persist in the central and southwestern Plains

Planting season is a hop, skip, and a jump away, so now is the time to keep an eye on soil conditions for a spring planting outlook. Will we have a late and extremely wet planting season like we did in 2013? Not to the extent of last year, no. We’re not foreseeing planting to be fast and dry.

“These cool temperatures will keep soil temperatures low and thus early planting and germination will likely be slow,” states Keeney.

Keeney says they are still working to see what we’re expecting for a summer weather outlook. However, preliminary views look fairly benign with slightly cooler than normal temperatures and not a lot of dryness.

Some have reported hot and dry conditions for this summer, and we just might.

“I agree that there will likely be a continuance of the warm and dry pattern in the Plains,” explains Keeney. “But as of now, we are not seeing that extend very far into the Midwest, including Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.”

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