Rainy future for the Corn Belt
<p>The chance of excessive spring and summer rains will continue to be higher in parts of the Corn Belt for the foreseeable future, with Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin in the bullseye.</p>
U.S. farmers are at the cusp of an era in which they can begin to make long-term decisions based on climatological forecasts, says Christopher Anderson, assistant director of the climate science program at Iowa State University.
“Farmers aren’t used to having a five- or 10-year forecast to guide their decisions,” Anderson says. “Although we can’t forecast next spring’s weather, we feel confident that the conditions causing higher spring and summer rainfall are likely to continue for at least one to two decades.”
He urges farmers to consider addressing the challenge of planting seasons with narrower planting windows. “And if you believe what I say, it makes sense to tighten up drainage management where you haven’t done so already,” he adds.