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Ag. Weather Outlook 8-19-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Anemic rainfall readings the past two to three weeks over the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are causing more attention to be focused on each approaching weather system for signs it will put down a lot of moisture. Historically, August is a dry month. Even with abundant moisture in the months leading up to it, that drier tendency can lead to problems on sandy soils that dry quickly. Thats what has been happening this year. A few tenths of an inch punctuating a long string of dry days has taken some of the enthusiasm out of those pointing at 2014 as the near ideal kind of year for growing corn. Perhaps a line or two of rain-laden thunderstorms can put some of that attitude back in the mouths of growers. Today is a start. The outlook for some of the days ahead shows some opportunity for moistening the landscape with Thursday probably being the most promising. While everyone appreciates the sunny, comfortably dry weather of a week ago, we can take a little heat and humidity if it means a boost in this seasons crop prospects. Speaking of heat 90 degree-plus readings are not being ruled out for the weekend and especially beyond.