July 3, 2012
US corn and soy crops to face heat and dryness
US Midwest soy and corn crops can expect another heat wave this week, said an agricultural meteorologist on Monday (June 2).
"We're still looking at a scenario providing below-average rainfall for at least the next 10 days," said John Dee of Global Weather Monitoring.
A few storm systems over the weekend brought light and isolated heavy rainfall to parts of the Midwest, "mostly along I-80," he said, referring to the interstate highway. But "a good chunk of the Midwest had no rain," he added.
In contrast, violent storms killed at least 15 people and knocked out power to more than 3 million customers in the Mid-Atlantic states on the East Coast during the weekend. These storms became fierce only after leaving the croplands of the central US.
For the Midwest, temperatures will remain in the 90s to low 100s degrees Fahrenheit for most of this week, cooling a bit into the 80s and low 90s by the weekend, Dee predicted.
"There may be a few spotty showers in the north and east today and the far north by midweek," he said.
By the weekend, rainfall of 0.25 to 0.75 inch can be expected, with isolated heavier amounts with 70 to 75% coverage.
The US Department of Agriculture later on Monday (June 2) will release its latest US corn and soy condition ratings, and analysts expected further declines from last week.
Last Monday, USDA said 56% of the corn crop was in good-to-excellent condition, down 7 percentage points from the previous week.
Soy conditions declined as well, and crop experts expected further deterioration due to the extreme dryness in roughly the southern half of the Midwest.
Commodity Weather Group on Monday (June 2) said the dryness was expanding into the US Delta.
Chicago Board of Trade new-crop December corn futures have soared 30% or US$1.50 per bushel since the middle of June because of the prospect for crop losses from high hear and drought.
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