April 19, 2013

Storms could delay Midwest planting season

Our usual Thursday issue of Taking Stock was delayed this week after harsh storms postponed staff travel across the Midwest. Of course, the storms have a major impact on agriculture too.

According to The Progressive Farmer, a cold spell could damage crops in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, the Oklahoma and northern Texas.

Some of the northern states could get even more snow. In Canada and several northern states, the snowfall has already delayed fieldwork.

The storms have brought a surplus of water to the drought-stricken Midwest; however, the wet conditions have delayed planting in many areas.

The wet season hasn’t spread across the globe. Western Europe, Ukraine, and China are experiencing a dry season. Northern China is experiencing the same springtime snowfall as the Northern United States, and fieldwork there has also been delayed.

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