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by Dennis Hull, click here for bio

Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: September 18, 2018

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There were a few sprinkles, but Most farms were dry again this past week and a lot of winter wheat farmers are waiting to seed. The best chance for rain this week looks to be this weekend as an upper level trough and weak cold front move through the Columbia Basin. Rainfall amounts will likely be less than a tenth of an inch, so really not much of anything useful, just a nuisance so to speak for hay, corn, and fruit harvesters and the Yakima fair. Dormant pastures will continue waiting for at least a half inch of rain to start growth, and This does not appear to be in the works the rest of this month. Hay drying will be fair with humidity getting down only to between 30 and 40 percent most days. You can expect to see some dew formation on most mornings with humidity getting up to 80 to 90 percent. With the shorter days, less sunlight, and higher humidity, alfalfa will take about twice as long to cure as late June and early July unless windrows are smaller or fluffed. Crop water use for alfalfa will range between ¾ inch and one inch, while lawns will need only a half inch. If you are planning field burning, it looks like smoke dispersion will be rather poor today, but should improve Wednesday and Thursday as winds increase. These winds may hamper spraying beginning Thursday and then there’s that washoff risk this weekend. This is meteorologist Dennis Hull and that’s your ag weather impacts.

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