Cooler Weather Once Again Puts Summer Crop Development in Question

Recent cool weather has raised some concerns for corn and soybean development – whether those crops will have enough time to reach maturity – especially in areas where planting was delayed as late as June. As the clock begins to wind down on the summer of 2013 – USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says that question will be answered in the next couple of weeks.…

“Any residual air from the Midwestern cool outbreak will settle across the south east. In terms of rainfall patterns from August 20-26, we are expecting near to below normal rainfall across the majority of the country. But wet conditions are expected on the Atlantic Seaboard stretching through the south east.”

With cotton bolls beginning to open soon – dry weather will be the hope of many cotton growers – although temperatures have cooled this week…

“Cool, dry air will continue in most areas east of the Rockies and by the end of the week will cover almost the entire eastern half of the country, with near to below normal temperatures expected. Heading into next week some of that residual cool air will hang over the south east, even as the rest of the country begins to warm up.”

Rippey says there was record-setting rainfall during July from Florida to Virginia and into eastern Pennsylvania. Some areas across the lower Southeast could see three to six-inches of rain during the next few days – according to Rippey. He says that could create some agricultural concerns – including flooded lowlands and ponding water. Due to standing water – Rippey says there have already been some quality concerns for cotton and peanuts. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.

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