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Soggy soil relief is on the waySoggy soil relief is on the way

Warmer dry weather to arrive soon for Northeast corn and soybeans.

John Vogel

June 14, 2018

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GDDS ARE COMING: Warmer weather will make its way across the Midwest and into the Northeast by mid-June.AccuWeather

Farmers up and down the Northeast are making progress planting or replanting crops between showers. As of June 10, corn planting hovered between 88% to 93% complete in most of the region, according to USDA's National Ag Statistics Service. That's not counting replanted acres. A lot of the crop went into the ground during the last two weeks — long after optimum planting date.

Soybean planting has also been delayed. That may reduce conventionally planted bean yields closer to double-crop yields in some areas.

But spring's pattern of soggy soils may finally break into normal warm weather around mid-June. That's what AccuWeather meteorologists predict. June is expected to end above normal in temperature. Whether it's warm — and dry — is still to be called.

"The overall pattern up until around June 13 to15 favors a northwesterly flow aloft which should send multiple weak storms through the region with chilly air in their wake," says AccuWeather lead long range meteorologist Paul Pastelok. When it does rain, it'll be more of a nuisance with sporadic showers and locally heavy thunderstorms. In other words, more of the same.

Then cometh dry air?
Toward the middle of the month, the jet stream is likely to retreat northward, and the pattern will come to an end. "For at least a few days during the third week of June, we expect warm and more humid conditions to build from the Midwest to the Northeast," Pastelok says. Temperatures are likely to average 10 degrees F above normal during the middle of the month.

Hot weather enthusiasts may have to hold out until mid-month for a multiple-day stretch where highs will be well into the 80s to near 90 degrees F. However, he warns, it's possible that cool weather may fight back over the Great Lakes and much of the Northeast late during the third or early in the fourth week June. So, mobilize your haying equipment to lay down wide (fast-drying) swaths, and knock out those fields as fast as possible.

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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