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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: June 26, 2018

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. Rather mild weather for late June will continue much of this week across the Columbia Basin. Another dry cold front on Wednesday will drop temperatures a few degrees for Thursday. You can expect above normal temperatures to return this weekend, though, as a short lived high pressure system moves across the area. Mostly dry weather will continue to benefit harvest of cherries and peas, the curing of hay and the ripening of winter wheat. Hay balers can expect humidity to rise above 60 percent from around midnight until around 8 am. Humidity should remain above 25 percent most days, so baling hours may actually be able to be extended. Plan on crop water use for alfalfa, corn, and potatoes to be around an inch and ¾, which is close to normal for late June. Turfgrass and lawns will need about an inch and a third. Chemical applications will be hampered by occasional winds over 10 miles per hour over the next several days. The least amount of wind looks to be this evening through early Wednesday. It looks like June will end with most Columbia Basin farms getting less than half the normal amount of rain and this follows a drier than normal May. Looking further out into the middle of July, it appears mostly dry weather will continue.

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