March 31, 2017 Ag Forecast Update

Eric Snodgrass
Senior Atmospheric Scientist

On Thursday March 30, 2017 a new Drought Monitor was released that showed little change across the central US states that have been in drought since late last fall. This latest release of the Drought Monitor is produced on Tuesday of each week, and released to the public on Thursday, and therefore does not include the latest rounds of heavy rain that have blanketed states in the US corn and wheat belts.

Figure 1. US Drought Monitor released on March 30, 2017. Source: USDA/NOAA http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Figure 1. US Drought Monitor released on March 30, 2017. Source: USDA/NOAA http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Despite the multiple reports of hail, strong straight line winds, and tornadoes, these rains have been extremely beneficial to US ag, as soil moisture is desperately needed for winter wheat yields in addition to lessening drought pressure on the upcoming corn and soybean crop. The figure below shows the total accumulated rainfall over the last 7 days through early morning March 30, 2017. Better than 2 inches of rain has fallen over a significant part of the central US that is in drought.

Figure 2. 7-day total accumulated precipitation valid early in the Morning on March 30, 2017. Source: Agrible, Inc.

Figure 2. 7-day total accumulated precipitation valid early in the Morning on March 30, 2017. Source: Agrible, Inc.