Hard Growing Season for Many
The 2019 growing season will go down as one of the toughest in recent memory for many of the key growing areas of the USA.
It all started with a cold and wet spring that brought flooding and late spring snows to the Midwest, Plains and Rockies. Some areas of the west received snow on the first day of summer!
The image below shows how cold temperatures have been since January 1 across North America.
Notice the heart of the coldest temperatures across the Dakotas west to the Rockies and east into the Great Lakes and western Corn Belt. The nation’s heartland really took it on the chin this past growing season with a dagger of cold and very wet conditions during the 2019 growing season. The graphic below shows the heaviest precipitation this year right on top of the same areas that were cold (blue and purple).
The cold and wet weather had a big impact on yield for corn, soybeans and other crops. The 2019 yields for corn grain were the lowest this year since 2012 which was a drought year.