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Growers planting crops early face risk despite warm weather

Growers planting crops early face risk despite warm weather

New report from The Climate Corporation shows growers face 50% or greater chance of freeze this spring if planting early.

This week The Climate Corporation released an outlook brief regarding the risks faced by growers who plant corn and soybeans early due to mild winter and spring weather conditions. The report leverages analyses by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center and the power of The Climate Corporation’s weather data platform to quantify the risk posed by early planting in the spring 2012 season.

Based on an analysis of historic data from 936 weather stations throughout the Midwest, many growers who planted at the first chance would have seen crops emerged and in the early stages of vegetative growth as early as March 27. However, most growers still face a 50% or greater chance of a freeze damaging crops planted early.

Key conclusions from the outlook report include:

  • More than 98% of weather stations across 12 key Midwestern corn states reported record Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulations from March 1 to March 27, 2012.
  • More than 93% of weather monitoring locations across 12 key Midwestern corn states reported sufficient GDDs to get corn through to emergence by March 27th.
  • Historical data shows that only small parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Kansas have reached their median last freeze date (based on historical data) as of April 4th. All other locations face a greater than 50% chance of more freezing weather this spring.

To access the complete Outlook Brief, visit

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