Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor says if the weather pattern holds, most farmers in the region should have at least a couple more weeks to complete the harvest.
“It’s cooperating with us. We’re going to have drier-than-usual conditions, it looks like,” Taylor says. “Things just don’t look bad for finishing up the harvest.”
One of the reasons for the mild weather is due to what’s known as an “El Nino” weather pattern, which Taylor describes as “moderate” in strength.
If it persists into the new year, Taylor says it will bode well for the remaining winter months and the start of the next growing year.
“Once we get past Christmas and New Year’s, if we still have a moderate El Nino and it’s still looking up to strength, it will likely go on right into at least the early part of the growing season and we would consider that good news,” Taylor says.
If the El Nino pattern continues, Taylor says there’s a 70% chance for higher-than-normal corn and soybean yields in 2015.