glenn: In my little area crops are looking good. The wheat crop is about made. Soys/corn/pinto beans/spuds will need continued rain to reach average to higher yield potential. Not too far away it has been too dry....but overall the spring wheat belt is ok.
glenn: I agree with the drought monitor. I knew this was coming.....just didn't know it would be this year. There is a pattern that showed we are overdue for a drought.
With the dry atmosphere, the temps this week in most of the corn belt have been raised. I hope it isn't windy as well, that would be a cooker. There is no question that unless you have irrigation that the general crop condition is not good.
I expect another decline in ratings tomorrow.
One thing of note is that the hay crop around here is poor. With our earlier rains, one would have expected it to be quit good....but that is not the case. I know that there is some study going on with what the difference in the wavelength of the sunshine does concerning plant growth. This came about because trees have exibited symptoms of retarded growth, even tho temps were warmer and moisture sufficient.
I read things like that and think.....wow.......there sure is a lot that we don't know yet.
North East Ohio. Frightening amount of empty pastures. Spoke to high school buddy who runs the county's soil and water conservation department, and he is thinking we are about 60% or so down on head count for beef. Dry. Corn grew pretty well but the hot weather of the past coupe weeks has the leaves curling. Beans look weak.
sigurdur, that sounds like an interesting study concerning the wavelength of sunlight. And I certainly agree that there is a lot that we do not know yet. Yesterday, Galveston recorded it's first 100 degree June day in 140 years of recorded data. Unfortunately the farmers and ranchers here in Texas have never recovered from last years severe drought and now most of the State is either abnormally dry or worse. Tough couple of years to be in Ag down here.
Thank-you for your moderation, knowledgability and good humor. I too am worried about the dryness of the season. I wonder if you have seen any evidence over the longer term (decades) of any improved resistance to drought in commercial crops? There is some significant literature evidence that higher CO2 levels improve drought resistance in corn and soybeans (UIUC in particular), but I wonder if you know of anything showing up in the actual yields, etc.??