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Ag. Weather Outlook 5-20-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Just as days left in May start to run low and growers focus more and more on issues involved with late planting (primarily the danger of an early freeze at the end of the growing season) we get a forecast of sunny warmer weather ahead. Whats more, the forecast period comes during the Memorial Day weekend which for most folks is the kickoff to all things summer. Thats things like cookouts, camping and, of course, growing corn. Having dodged too much damage from a springtime freeze last week the road ahead looks promising. Corn is pegged at between 60 or 70-percent planted in most favored spots. Nevertheless weather can turn on a dime. This week marks two recent significant storm anniversaries one last year in Moore, Oklahoma which took 51 lives and another three years ago in Joplin, Missouri which claimed 151 lives. Thats the greatest number since modern tornado record keeping began in 1950. They serve as a reminder spring holds peril as well as promiseand that while a string of challenges wont last forever, were never completely immune from natures fury.