Cool and damp

The second week of May was dominated by a stagnant low over the Great Lakes that pumped cool northern air and intermittent showers across Iowa. For the week of May 7-14, we accumulated the equivalent of about 3 normal days' worth of heat for crop growth. Corn and some soybean fields are emerging, but growth has been slow. Thankfully, crop breeders have given us crop genetics that seem able to handle the cool weather. Once temperatures moderate, as expected this week, fields should shape up nicely.
Degree days May 1 through May 14, 2006
May 1 through May 14, 2006 Accumulated Base: 50 Degree Days

This article originally appeared on page 126 of the IC-496(11) -- May 15, 2006 issue.

Updated 05/18/2006 - 2:18pm