The month of July has been dry and looks like the trend will continue for the foreseable future. We have been lucky enough to get small rains on the land in the south, but the land up north has missed almost all the rain storms for the month of July. Usually it is the other way around – the north land is normally where the moisture tends to fall. Our south land is still above average for precipitation during the growing season, while we have fallen to around 85% of average on our land up north.
This week looks to be warm to hot, with forecasted daily highs in the upper 20’s and lower 30’s. The humidity continues to be high, which has helped alleviate crop stress (although that sure makes it more uncomfortable for anyone working outside!). There is a high pressure ridge that has been sitting stubbornly in the northern part of the USA and extends down through the Midwest states – and that has been restricting the flow of moisture we usually get that comes out of the Gulf of Mexico. The next week to 10 days continue to show little to no precipitation…although we know that can change!
The crop potential remains decent, if we could get another 25-50mm of moisture in the next week or two that would help fill the crop out and add some bushel weight. If we don’t get anymore rain, it will cut into our yields, as the subsoil, which has been supplementing the lack of rain up until now, will start to get depleted.
Everyone is keeping busy yet – still a fair bit of grain to move, and still have some fertilizer to bring in yet. We will start to work on harvest equipment shortly – still a good 3-4 weeks from starting any harvest.