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U.S. Farmers Get a Quick Break from Rain

As Argentina fights flooding, rain is also the name of the game for the U.S., Brazil, southeast Asia, and even Australia this week, according to MDA Weather Services. 

Luckily, those frustrated by constant precipitation in the Midwest and in the Corn Belt will get a roughly four-day break, says Dale Mohler of Accuweather. 

For those west of the Mississippi River, dry weather with warmer-than-usual temperatures and partly sunny weather will start today and last through Sunday. For those east of the Mississipp River, the four-day break will start Friday and should last through Monday. Wind will be a factor in many areas.

“Just because the rains are ending Thursday and Friday, that doesn’t mean farmers will instantly be out in the fields – but it won’t take too long,” Mohler says. “The warmer it is, the more efficient it is as far as seeing the soil moisture evaporate.”

Watch For More Rain

After the brief break, another rain event will hit bringing a few showers. That system should only produce .2 to .6 inch of rain, Mohler says.

According to the Van Trump Report, parts of the Corn Belt have received over 800% more than their normal precipitation amounts this week.

Farmers should expect another round of rainy weather to hit during the third week of April. Mohler predicts it will set in around April 19 or 20.

“It’s not perfect,” Mohler says. “A perfect scenario would be no rain, but it’s a whole lot better than it has been.”

Further Out

In a 31- to 60-day weather outlook prepared by MDA Weather Services, temperatures seem to be trending slightly warmer in the Plains and in the Midwest. 

Generally, that forecast favors a drier weather pattern for much of the Midwest and the Corn Belt, but sees wetter weather in the Central Plains, southern Delta, and Southeast to favor growth. 

MDA Weather Services does predict late plantings of corn and soybeans in the northern Delta and southern Midwest.

According to Mohler, the severe weather system is still fully in play. In June, the Midwest is typically out of the woods and that should be no different this year. 

“Right now, (the severe weather) is a little more favored south, which is where it should be in early April,” he says.

In the southern U.S., corn planting is ahead of schedule.

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