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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: October 09, 2018

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Rainfall this past week was mainly a quarter inch to three quarters inch, so some decent moisture for many areas. Look for the disturbance bringing showers today to move southeast out of the region this afternoon. A ridge of high pressure will then build over the eastern Pacific into this weekend and then move across the inland northwest early next week and produce an extended period of dry and mild conditions. That rain over last weekend and today will provide good moisture to jump start dormant pastures and developing wheat seedlings. Big question, though, for recently deep seeded wheat is if ground will form a crust and cause problems for emergence. Wheat planting should have good moisture for germination the next several days. As expected soil temperatures have cooled considerably into the lower and mid 50s, but may warm slightly into early next week, and this will also aid germination. Better hay drying and spraying conditions are likely beginning Wednesday and lasting into the middle next week. Winds should be mainly under 10 mph. Harvest of corn, onions, potatoes, grapes, and Late apples should also benefit from the upcoming mild and dry conditions. Plan on the air to become gradually drier each day into the weekend. Lowest humidity Wednesday and Thursday will be 40 to 50 percent, but will drop into the 25 to 35 percent range this weekend and early next week.

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