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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: March 27, 2018

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Rainfall last week was between a tenth and three tenths of an inch on most farms. Heavier amounts of a third to 2/3 inch fell from the Palouse region down to Dayton and southeast of Pendleton. You can expect a generally dry west to northwest flow to prevail across the Eastern Washington and Oregon through the Easter weekend. Showers early next week will be mainly east of Davenport, Walla Walla and Pendleton. As we transition into early April, field work should be able to make some gains with the drier pattern. Look for Saturday to have the best spraying conditions due to lighter winds and less chance for chemical drift. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to watch for critically low temperatures for fruit on Saturday morning due to these lighter winds and mostly clear skies. Two inch soil temperatures range from 40 to 45 degrees north and east from Ellensburg, Moses Lake, Lind and Walla Walla to the upper 40s across the rest of the area, so not much change from the previous week, But we should see 3 to 5 degrees of warming this week and this should enable good development of wheat, pastures, and cool season vegetables. Looking at base 40 growing degree days since the 1st of February, we are accumulating about the same pace as last year, but about a week to 10 days ahead of normal.

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