Summer weather pattern shaping up nicely for farms in Mid-Atlantic region
by Jeff Ishee, OTF Radio
Mount Sidney, VA - The latest long-term weather forecast from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is shaping up nicely for crop farms located in the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley regions.
Published on July 9, NWS forecasters are calling for above normal chances for precipitation in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.
Temperatures, meanwhile, are expected to be about average in the same region and time period.
This is a critical growth time for crops such as corn and soybeans, which will be exhibiting their most prolific period of growth. University research indicates the most critical stage of development for corn plants is the "V15" (10-12 days pre-tassel) through R2 (blister) stages. This is because the corn plants are utilizing considerable amounts of water each day for “cooling” itself and for sugar production, to support the large plants and the grain-filling processes.
Farmers in the region are hoping for a bumper crop of corn and soybeans this fall, as prices for each commodity are well above this same time last year.