Dry conditions are expected to worsen across the Northern Plains in the short-term because of above average temperatures and a lack of moisture. Moisture is in the forecast for next week, but more will be needed. “The second week model forecast suggests a chance to have moisture returning to the area, but I’m wary of the model’s accuracy of picking up on it,” said Eric Snodgrass, principal atmospheric scientist, Nutrien Ag Solutions. “The pattern looks good, but will it actually come into fruition and give us exactly what we need?” Snodgrass said 200 percent or more rainfall is needed in the Northern Plains for the next two months to catch up on the moisture deficit. There will be good planting windows this spring, and longer-term Snodgrass is hopeful dry conditions move further west.
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