By Jim Noel, CORN Newsletter
Not much change from a few months ago.
Above normal temperatures and near normal rainfall are forecast to continue for the rest of July.
As discussed in May, the trends and guidance supports near normal rainfall for the growing season after pre-growing season indicated some minor drought risk mainly in the northeast, but that quickly went away. We discussed in May that even though near normal is forecast for rainfall this growing season that the risk was to the wet side in the southwest and drier side in the northeast.
Overall, it has been wet in the western and southwest part of the state with average to slightly below average rainfall in the northeast this growing season: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ohrfc/HAS/images/latest90daydepart.jpeg
With plenty of soil moisture alone, this will continue to support rainfall chances with not much longer than a week between rains seen anytime soon.