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· AccuWeather sees smallest corn, soybean crops in years
· Too early to discuss first freeze timing
AccuWeather sees smallest corn, soybean crops in years
By John Perkins, Brownfield
August 8, 2019
AccuWeather is projecting the smallest U.S. corn crop in 7 years following the historically slow, historically wet planting period.
The weather forecast group has production at 13.07 billion bushels, 9.3% less than 2018, and the lowest since 2012 total of 10.76 billion, when the crop was hit hard by drought. The estimate is based on expected harvested acreage, with the possibility late planted corn could be harmed by even an on-time frost.
Soybeans are seen at 3.9 billion bushels, a drop of 14.1% on the year, and potentially the smallest crop since 2013, when production was 3.357 billion bushels. Still, that’s more than what the USDA was projecting in July...
Too early to discuss first freeze timing
By Ken Anderson, Brownfield
August 8, 2019
The director of USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub, Dennis Todey, says it’s too early to make any predictions on the potential for an early freeze this fall.
“We’re too early to assess well when we can be expecting frost/freeze conditions for the fall,” Todey says. “But the situation we are watching closely and I’m most concerned about is, can we get enough degree days behind—especially the corn crop—to get it to maturity.”
Todey tells Brownfield the August outlook is for cooler-than-average temperatures across much of the Northern Plains and Midwest.
As for precipitation, he says dry areas of the Eastern Corn Belt may continue that way...
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