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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: May 29, 2018

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After a rather pleasant Memorial Day weekend, a dry cold front that moved through the area last night will bring temperatures back to near normal across the Columbia Basin. No significant weather systems are expected to impact the area this week. Spraying will be hampered though by breezy post frontal winds today with lighter winds returning Wednesday and Thursday. A slight increase in winds is likely again for Friday through the weekend. You can expect good hay drying conditions to prevail for hay swathed this week. Look for afternoon humidity to get down into 20 to 30 percent range. Plan on crop water use to be about normal for late May and early June. Heading and filling wheat and tall alfalfa will need about an inch and a half while lawns will use about an inch and a quarter. The month of May will end with most farms getting only 50 to 75 percent of normal rainfall. The Notable wet exceptions were Adams and Grant counties and especially Moses Lake and Ephrata getting almost twice as much as normal. Looking out into the middle of June, it continues to look like a drier than normal pattern will prevail. Dryland crops and pastures will likely experience some stress due to lack of moisture, especially on shallower soils. Fortunately, though, we see temperatures behaving themselves as most days will likely average within a few degrees of normal.

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