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Winter wheat weather is mixed bag

Agriculture.com Staff 12/02/2011 @ 9:05am

An active early winter weather pattern in the U.S. mid-section will bring needed precipitation to a large segment of the Plains wheat belt this weekend, forecasters say. But, longer term, the weather will continue to be a mixed bag for wheat growth in large parts of the nation.

"It still looks like yet another very nice precipitation event for a large part of the hard-red winter wheat belt, with most of Kansas and all of Oklahoma and Texas forecast to see at least a half inch of moisture but likely over an inch in southern Oklahoma and central Texas and over two inches in eastern Texas," Freese-Notis reported Friday on Agriculture.com.

MDA EarthSat Weather released a new 16-30 day forecast on Friday that calls for a drier outlook across the western and northern plains, with below normal readings expected.

"The drier pattern in the southwestern Plains will allow moisture shortages to begin to rebuild there. However, rains in the southeastern Plains will continue to erode the drought conditions there," wrote Don Keeney, MDA EarthSat meteorolgist.

"Abundant rains in the northern Delta and southern Midwest will maintain wetness as well as high disease threats on winter wheat," Keeney added.

The 16-30 day temperature forecast for most of the winter wheat belt calls for normal readings, with cooler temps now expected across the west central Plains, Keeney said.

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