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Weather still holding up area crop growth

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2013

Despite nearly 4” of June rain, crop growth still behind “normal”

With the turn of every day comes the optimism that summer is finally here. That has not been then case so far this year, and it has held up crop growth in Moody County.

According to Joe Knippling, the FSA County Executive Director, some farmers still hadn’t gotten all their crops in the ground as late as last Friday because of the cold weather and constant rain.

The rain should be beneficial in the long run. In January of this year, Moody County was 16 inches of moisture short of average. Since then, Moody County has received just less than 12 inches of moisture (according to the National Weather Service) and has gotten soil levels closer to normal.

Now days with the newer modern hybrids available, there is a saying around here that crops should “be shoulder high by the Fourth of July.” But according to Knippling, it will be closer to waist high if we can finally get the heat.

So what should the Moody County crop growers be looking for in the forecast? Knippling believes 80-degree temperatures, more timely rain and a cut down on the wind speeds so farmers can properly spray their crops.

Now, like most days, there are too many variables between now and harvest season to determine “weather” or not crops will be ahead, behind, or right on schedule.

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