August will be remembered as a month during which we struggled to keep up with crop moisture needs. It will also be remembered as a cool though not record-breaking summer month. In its closing days moisture returns to hopefully add a late-season boost to corn yield prospects. Despite a few weather glitches (and what season doesnt have them) summer 2014 will be recalled as a pretty good crop growing time. Given current prices, any yield boost may help the year look better in the ledger books. But its still a while to go to harvest and a lot can go wrong - or right - between now and then. While growing degree days were lagging a couple of weeks behind their normal pace going into the last week of the month that doesnt mean harvest will be two weeks late. Mark Longstroth says many insect populations are also running late in the region and that means there will be no chance for extra crop pest generations the remainder of the growing season. Between now and Tuesday expect several rounds of showers with thunder with the likelihood of the strongest activity coming sometime Monday or Monday night.
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