Harvest weather outlook

Harvest weather outlook
The 2018 growing season has been highly variable, with far too much rain in parts of northern Iowa and far too little in much of the southern parts of the state. Still, weather experts foresee a good harvest season.

The weather experts predict smooth sailing through harvest; just what every farmer wants to hear.

The word comes on the heels of a growing season that was anything but normal weather-wise.

“Despite the sometimes odd growing conditions, crops are progressing ahead of schedule,” says Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub for USDA-ARS, NLAE in Ames. “The current growing degree day model has harvest beginning early September, possibly the end of August in some areas.” As of the end of July, 96 percent of ...

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