“The bad weather starts on Friday and continues for a few days later,” said Marc Chenard, senior branch forecaster at the Weather Prediction Center. "Another person comes early next week – Sunday until Monday. One pound seems to have two days of bad weather and heavy rain."
Mills are progressing planting throughout the Great Plains, Mississippi Delta and Midwest for a month with floods and dredging rain with months on which the corn, soybeans, cotton and rice are all falling behind of the five-year average through 12 May, according to the Department of Agriculture's weekly progress report released Monday.
However, grass is greener for grazing cattle. As a result of the extra rain there is a deep, rich pasture, said Troy Vetterkind, owner of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage in Thorp, Wisconsin. This means that animals could stay on longer fields, which could restrict some meat production and would be very supportive of markets, he said. The pasture conditions in the US were 63% good or impressive in the week ending 12 May, compared to 43% the previous year, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
However, farmers across the central universities that collect crops are looking for bad weather strips for planting seeds. For some people, the clock is going away. In Iowa, for example, corn must be planted by the end of May and beans by mid-June, Mike Naig, the state's agricultural secretary, said by phone on Friday.
"There is some time here," he said. "If we get some sunshine days and conditions right, our farmers can move very quickly and take a lot of acres. I'm still optimistic. As we look to the end of the month we're going to see things open in really;
US farmers have not had the weather last summer, delivering the blow of other communities to rural communities in a downturn in multi-year prices and in a year trading war with China. The United States had the wettest third year on record in 2018 and the heavy rain and snow continued until 2019, according to the National Center for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina.
Saturated soils were held last winter leaving melting snow and rain early this year with no room to go, said Brad Rippey, a Department of Agriculture meteorologist in Washington. This established widespread flooding along many rivers including the Mississippi, Missouri and the North Red River.
Chenard said that another week of rain could again push these rivers over their bank.
Since then, there has been little from the ongoing parade of storms, said Jim Rouiller, the chief meteorologist at the Philadelphia Energy Weather Group. High pressure ridges are established throughout southwest Canada and the Pacific Northwest, along with another in the Atlantic, which left a lowered trough running from the Great Plains south to the Great Lakes which operated. as a storm barrier.
"I see this going at least into the first part of the month of June," Rouiller 'said.
Rippey also acts as one of the authors of the weekly external Monitoring, which traces soil conditions for almost 20 years. Only 2.28% of the US was contiguous in a drought three weeks ago, a record for the monitor and only up to 2.53% last week.
"It is very low in 20 years of Drought Monitoring, 'said Rippey." So on the white side we are not worried about drought in the United States.
This article was written by Brian K. Sullivan, a reporter for The Washington Post.