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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: June 28, 2019

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An upper level low pressure area will move into eastern Washington today, so rain chances will decline over what we've seen the past few days. Rainfall this week was mainly a tenth of an inch or less, but farms near the Blue Mountains picked up close to a quarter inch and much of Grant County got a quarter to half inch. The heaviest was in southwest Benton and eastern Klickitat County in the Alderdale area with ½ to 1 inch. A few light showers are possible again today, but mostly dry weather will be the rule for this weekend into the middle of next week. Temperatures which have been running 5 to 10 degrees below normal will recover to near normal on Monday and then average 4 to 6 degrees above the rest of the week. Hay cut this weekend should be able to cure without rain damage though drying conditions will be a little slower than normal this weekend, but will increase next week. There will also be an increasing trend for evapotranspiration. Irrigators can plan on crop water use for the next 7 days to be around and inch and ¾ for alfalfa, spring wheat, onions, potatoes, early planted corn, mint, and apples. Lawns and melons will use about an inch and a half. Chemical applications will be favored by light winds most days and little or no chance for washoff beginning Saturday. When the final numbers for June are tallied, it looks like it going to end up a little warmer than normal with less rain than usual on most farms.

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