USDA Defends Weather Models

Hangover Drought a Drag, Not a Disaster

USDA ag meteorologist Brad Rippey explained the reasoning behind USDA's optimistic 2013 yield forecast at the Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, Va., last week. (USDA photo by Lance Cheung)
When it comes to corn yield, summer heat and moisture matter most. At the moment, that means it's too early to assess yield damage from the multi-year drought lingering over half the nation.

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