Ag Weather Impacts

Ag Weather Impacts

Dennis Hull
Dennis Hull
A southerly flow on the west side of a high pressure ridge centered over the southwest states will bring another day with temperatures 8 to 12 degrees above normal to the Columbia Basin, Then this afternoon and overnight, you can expect scattered thunderstorms as a rather vigorous cold front sweeps through the region. Since the airmass is dry, look for rainfall amounts to be rather light at a tenth of an inch or less. So delays to haying and wheat combining should be very short. The main effect will be to drop temperatures 12 to 15 degrees for Wednesday and then evening out to near normal with dry conditions for the rest of the week. Chemical applicators can plan on stronger breezes tonight and Wednesday, but then lighter winds for Thursday. Crop water use has been exceptionally high the last few days and will continue today and then decrease to near normal for the rest of the week. For the next 7 days, . Alfalfa, corn, peaches, potatoes, and apples will need about 2 inches and lawns will use around an inch and a half. Alfalfa balers can expect breezes tonight and a drier airmass beginning Wednesday to limit dew formation. Afternoon humidity the rest of this week should dip to between 15 and 25 percent. We've moved past mid summer and normal daily temperatures have begun their seasonal decline. We can still have very hot weather, but it becomes less likely and for shorter intervals.
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