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Weather and crop comments.

By Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

After the most favorable week so far this spring for planting in much of the Midwest this week conditions will be deteriorating significantly during the next 7 days due to a combination of wet and cold weather. Last week we were talking about poor planting conditions due to cool, wet weather north of Interstate 80. We have now shifted this line further to the north to Interstate 90. This would include the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. This is the region that much of the attention will turn to in the next few weeks as to whether the acreage that was expected to be planted to corn in these states in fact does. This is setting up to be the swing area for corn production this year.

There is a bit of good news for the southern Plains winter wheat belt. Models have been increasing rainfall potential for central portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas for late weekend and early next week. If significant rain occurs it could still benefit some of the crop, especially in central Kansas where crop development is not as far along as it is in Oklahoma and Texas due to heat and drought stress. Some light to moderate rainfall is possible with this event in the very dry western areas, not enough to significantly help this crop. Behind this rain event a shot of cold air is expected during the middle of next week. This could be threatening to heading wheat in Kansas. We will know more after seeing the crop report on Monday afternoon updating heading progress across the state by district.

Mike

(ES/AG/CZ)

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Raymond Simpkins 5/14/2014 | 7:54 AM CDT
Wish some of the rain we keep getting would stay and help you guys out Brad. We need some warm dry weather here in Michigan, not much done yet.
Bryce Anderson 5/14/2014 | 6:09 AM CDT
We at DTN Ag Weather have been skeptical about the fast development of El Nino. Comments and projections about this happening before late summer appear to have been quite overdone.
Brad Niehues 5/13/2014 | 8:43 AM CDT
Wish we could have gotten some rain in western Kansas this past weekend. Rains started in Dodge City east. Very frustrating. We have had less than 1.5" of total moisture for the year at our farm and sadly many areas in the High Plains have had almost nothing since last fall. I was hoping possible El Nino conditions may start making a dent in this four year drought, but for now it looks like we'll be enduring yet another long hot/dry summer. The relentless winds don't help either.
Dennis Preuss 5/10/2014 | 11:49 AM CDT
Rain fixes everything doesn't it?