“It doesn’t take a meteorologist to determine that much of the country is in a weird weather pattern right now,” Johnna Miller with the American Farm Bureau Federation said in the latest “Newsline” broadcast.
Miller’s guest, American Farm Bureau chief economist Bob Young, expanded on the wild weather experienced across the Corn Belt this year.
“We’ve got the floods not just along the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers, but also up north in Fargo and North Dakota areas as well,” Young said. “We’ve also seen continued very, very cool temperatures extending all the way down. We’ve actually got some frost warnings that could affect Arkansas even. To talk about frost warnings May 1 in Arkansas and Oklahoma and Texas, that just never happens.”
Snow fell late this week from Texas to Wisconsin in a rare May snowstorm. With corn planting already the slowest in nearly 30 years, many producers may be tempted to start to worry. The longer farmers wait to plant, the more likely the corn will pollinate when it’s hot and dry.
Young, however, suggests not panicking just yet.
“Because of the technology that we have in place today, the equipment that we have in place today we can plant this crop in a real hurry. So I don’t think it’s yet time for us to all go off in a panic,” Young says.
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