The weather outlook for June looks favorable for crop growth. North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network Interim Director Daryl Ritchison says growing degree days will accumulate over the next week, benefiting the corn crop. “With lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s, that’s good catch-up weather. However, with the 60s, we might start worrying about wheat diseases. But, it’s actually good weather if you have the rain in place.” Ritchison says June is by far the rainiest month of the year, adding the month can make or break the entire growing season. “Last year was dry in June, which cut back yields even in areas that got better rains in July and August. With the patterns in place, I think we’ll be pretty close to average rainfall, but a smidge above on temperatures. Those warmer than average temperatures should be offset by cooler temperatures the second half of summer.”
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