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by Dennis Hull, click here for bio

Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: September 10, 2019

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Rainfall over the weekend varied widely across the Columbia Basin. Most farms got between a tenth and quarter inch, but heavy rain fell between Adams and Dayton with ½ to 1 inch. Outside of Milton Freewater, I actually observed standing water at the edge of one field. The heaviest reported was 1 inch in the Walla Walla vicinity. The upper level low pressure that brought the showers and Thunderstorms is lingering over the region, so there may be scattered light showers again today with temperatures 3 to 5 degrees below normal. It’s Roundup week in Pendleton and it looks like pretty decent week for the festivities. A drier and warmer trend is on tap for tomorrow and Thursday, then a fast moving disturbance will race across the region late Thursday, but about the only effect will be to knock temperatures back 5 to 7 degrees going into the weekend, which will be closer to normal and also increase the winds slightly. Early fall harvest and other field work should be able to proceed. If you deep seeded wheat in the last week and got over ¼ inch of rain, you may need to check your soils for crusting the next few days, which could prevent seedling emergence. Looking ahead for the next 10 to 14 days, it does appear to have significant rainfall. Soil temperatures at the 2 inch depth range from the mid and upper 70s in the dry soils to the upper 60s and lower 70s in the moist soils. The soil temperatures will likely cool a few degrees through the next 7 days, but should remain in the ideal range for quick germination of wheat.

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