Rains throughout May have helped crops, but too much more over the next month could cause problems.
Associate State Climatologist Al Dutcher says some dry weather is needed to promote root growth.
“If you’re going to supply a bunch of water to the crop, which we love, we don’t want it all at one time or just nonstop,” Dutcher tells Nebraska Radio Network, “because the roots don’t adequately set down depth and go in search of moisture, because it’s being provided at the surface.”
Dutcher says a shallow root system will hurt the crop when it is time for the plant’s grain to grow.
He says the models are uncertain on how much rain is on the way this month and when dry weather might settle in this summer.
“Whether or not we’re going to get enough drying conditions to promote the adequate root growth necessary to get us through the second half of the growing season, and that’s when we fill the grains,” Dutcher says “I expect no problems through pollination, but the second half of the growing season, that’s where the real issue lies, and a lot of the uncertainty going forward lies.”
Dutcher says a forecast of drier than normal conditions for August through October also raises concerns for the end of the growing season.