Timely rains are needed in the Northern Plains between now and the spring planting season. DTN Senior Agricultural Meteorologist Bryce Anderson says there will be rainfall in the next two weeks, but it may not bring alleviate dry conditions. “There will likely be near to above normal activity for the end of March into April,” says Anderson. “During the late spring/early summer period, there is a great chance of rain west of the Mississippi. We could see widespread, below normal precipitation in July and August.” There could be a dry stretch not just in the Northern Plains, but south to the Gulf Coast. “Truly sustaining the crop moisture situation during the entire growing season will be tough this year,” says Anderson.
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