Ahead of Schedule

Since May 1, the temperatures have been anywhere from 2 to 4 degrees above normal.  Depending on the crop and of course, your planting dates, more fields in turn have recorded an extra 100 to as many as 200 growing degrees days above the 5 year average.   It is then no surprise to hear that the crops are progressing ahead of schedule through this point.   The freeze in mid-May and the heavy rains in some areas did cause some replanting, so of course, there are exceptions, but overall crops are progressing ahead of most years.  With an increase in temperatures, does come a rise in evaporation, meaning an increase need of moisture.   Although to this point this isn’t a widespread problem, I would not be surprised that a lack moisture becomes more of a problem as we move further into the growing season.

Daryl Ritchison