AGRIBUSINESS: Hillaker Says Current Weather Is ‘Worst News’
Even taking last week’s scattered rainfall in parts of northern Iowa into account, State Climatologist Harry Hillaker characterizes the current weather as the worst news we could think of at this point for this year’s crop production.
Primary among producer concerns this growing season is late maturity, due to late planting. The first hard freeze of the fall is looming next month, and while high temperatures might have sped maturity along, a lack of moisture is now resulting in poor conditions.
Until this point, the summer had been fairly cool, but Hillaker says we’ll be paying the piper in the next six to ten days, with temperatures near 100 degrees most days, and almost non-existant chances for rainfall.