Spencer, IA: (Aug 07, 2012) - The weekly Crops & Weather update from the Iowa Office of the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) says last week was the 12th week of the past thirteen with less than normal rainfall. Temperatures averaged 4.2 degrees above normal, the 13th week or the past 14 weeks with above normal temps.
But, a noted Midwest climatologist says the month of August should be a little wetter and a little cooler.
Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Elwynn Taylor says that, while August may remain warm and dry, he says conditions will slowly begin to improve.
Still, Taylor says the corn crop nationally has been seriously damaged.
A drop of 16 percent from trend would be a national yield of 134 bushels per acre (bpa), about 10 bpa below USDA’s July forecast but about 10 bpa above some of the current private estimates.
Taylor says the Midwest may see more of the same over the next few years.
Elwynn Taylor made his comments in an interview with the KICD Farm Department.