Ag Weather Impacts

Ag Weather Impacts

Dennis Hull
Dennis Hull
The last couple days, scattered showers have been over mainly the southern portion of the Columbia Basin with rainfall amounts under a quarter inch. But on Tuesday 1/2 to ¾ inch was reported in the the Selah and Pomona area, just north of Yakima. Except for isolated showers this afternoon from Heppner to Dayton, dry weather will be the rule through the weekend and into the middle of next week. This will be good for hay curing as the long sunny warm days will promote fast curing. Hay balers can expect afternoon humidity to dip to around 20 percent in most areas. Although light winds and clear skies overnight will promote some dew formation, dew should become lighter or even non-existent in dryland areas by the middle of next week. Irrigators can plan on crop water use to range between an inch and 2/3 and 2 inches the next 7 days. Lawns will use about an inch and a half. If you need to spray, light winds will occur on most days except late Monday into early Tuesday, when a weak dry cold front pushes through the Columbia Basin. As we close out May, most farms will end up warmer than normal and getting close to normal rainfall, which nearly all occurred the last half of the month. The Moses Lake and Hermiston areas were the driest at only slightly more than a half inch for the month. Farms within 15 miles of the Blue Mountains got an inch and half to 2 inches for the most. Looking ahead Into June, it appears it turn drier than normal for the first half of the month.
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