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Western cornbelt planting window likely next week

A University of Missouri climatologist anticipates a solid planting window in the western cornbelt.

Pat Guinan says brownfield farmers are likely to transition to warmer temperatures from Sunday next week to allow the soil to dry out.

“High temperatures in the upper 80s, maybe even into the 90s,” he said. “And if you get close to that in mid-May, that’s almost record highs.”

He said three of the past four months have been cooler and wetter than average in Missouri.

Looking further west, Guinan said prolonged drought is expected.

“Hopefully the rain will come back,” he said. “But at least according to some of the long-term projections from the Climate Prediction Center – especially for the summer – that’s not a really pretty picture.”

But he said drought in states like Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota is unlikely to move east with constant humidity from Minnesota to Louisiana this spring.

“There is no real signal or indicator; although what you see in the West,” Guinan said. “[It] doesn’t translate that it will migrate east, there’s just really no relationship. I mean, this drought has been going on since last year.”

Guinan said the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-average temperatures for most of the country this summer.

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Callan Tansill

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