(Atlantic) West Central Cooperative hosted a meeting this morning for area farmers and one of the main speakers was state climatologist Harry Hilaker.
Hilaker predicts yields to be a little bit better than last year, but still not as good as normal.
“The yields may not be as bad as last year, maybe a little bit more rain and not quite as hot but maybe not on the good side of normal and we would certainly like to be on the wetter and cooler side, but not quite as extreme as a year ago,” stated Hilaker. “But, the water supply should be worse before it gets better.”
Hilaker says we are not likely to have an El Nino or La Nina so it is a little hard to predict.
“There is a pattern with this and generally a year following a drought very often it is still dryer than normal but not as dry as the initial drought year, but still dryer than normal,” said Hilaker. “And temperatures maybe not hot as the initial drought, but certainly hotter following a drought.”
So the general scenario is more of the same in 2013. Hilaker says the eastern cornbelt is in good shape when it comes to soil moisture. The big concern in the western Midwest will be water supply. Hilaker says that will probably a bigger problem than last year.
February 5, 2013, noon