No end in sight for drought

CHICAGO — Benign weather is expected for the next week or two in the US Midwest crop region, with no serious delays of early harvest but also no significant relief to corn and soybeans from the worst drought in half a century, an agricultural meteorologist said today.

“The bottom line is there are no earth-shattering weather events in sight, it will be quiet most of the week,” said John Dee, meteorologist for Global Weather Monitoring.

High temperatures in the upper 80s (degrees Fahrenheit) to low 90s are expected this week, and light showers ranging from a half inch or less are likely by Thursday and Friday in the northwest Midwest, Dee said.

“Another round of showers is likely in most of the Midwest late in the weekend and on Monday, with amounts from 0.40 inch to one inch. It’s not a bone-dry forecast but certainly not a game changer,” he said.

Commodity Weather Group today said wetter weather was in store for the central and southwest Midwest on Sunday and Monday, but the rains will be too late to notably improve corn or soybean prospects.

The worst drought in over 50 years in the US Midwest corn and soybean growing region has trimmed crop prospects, sent livestock water supplies to critically low levels, and hampered transportation on the Mississippi River, the major US water shipping route.

“We’ll continue to struggle with low water levels through the shipping season unless there’s a big turnaround in weather,” Dee said. (Reuters)

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