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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: August 09, 2019

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There's getting to be a lot of wheat stubble and grain piles across the Columbia Basin. You can plan on a much higher humidity, a little cooler temperatures and scattered showers and thunderstorms today and Saturday. The best chance for rain looks to be Saturday and Saturday night. Most areas should get a tenth to quarter inch, but some farms in the southeast Columbia Basin near the Blue Mountains may get closer to ¾ inch. The rain may put a strain on trellises s where hops are in full foliage in Yakima County. Of course, the rain will slow drying and delay baling of hay and small grain harvest. A drier pattern will return Sunday and continue much of next week with temperatures mainly in the 80s which is close to normal for mid August. Humidity will also be lower. Crop water use the past 7 days was fairly high at near 2 inches for alfalfa, apples, and corn. For the next 7 days, you can plan on these crops to use around an inch an a half. Lawns, onions, and potatoes will need between an inch and inch and a quarter. There's a definite washoff risk for chemical applications made today or Saturday and a little stronger winds on Sunday may cause chemical drift. You can say bye bye to El Nino. NOAA's climate prediction center is expected a neutral pattern for this upcoming winter.

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