This is a weekly report, so any one week, it will be different from right now. This one shows some cool soils, but I think they are a bit optimistic…(it does say “preliminary data”) and the ‘records’ part says a whole lot of precipitation records with some snow records in the North West. They show high temp records over the SouthWest AND California where I am. As I was just chased off the patio by the cold, and I’ve not started a garden as it’s just not been like it was (hot in May, good to go in April…) I’m very skeptical of those hot records… This year has NOT been hot. Not even near it. (See page 9).
For most significant crops, they have an entry like this (from Page 13… yeah, it had to be page 13…):
Other Small Grains: By May 5, oat producers had sown
57 percent of the nation’s crop, 36 percentage points behind
last year and 19 points behind the 5-year average. Seeding in
Minnesota and North Dakota advanced 8 percentage points, as
producers maximized a limited number of days suitable for
fieldwork during the week. Nationally, 39 percent of the oat
crop had emerged by week’s end, 36 percentage points behind
last year and 17 points behind the 5-year average.
That’s Oats… that are a cold season crop… If the oats are behind, we’re in trouble. (They sprout as cold a 4 C so just a ways above frozen…)
I’ve not had time to read the whole thing, but what I’m seeing is “not good”.
Corn: By May 5, producers had planted 12 percent of this
year’s corn crop, 57 percentage points behind last year and
35 points behind the 5-year average. Despite increased
fieldwork throughout much of the major corn-producing
region, overall planting progress continued at the slowest pace
since 1984. In Iowa, producers took advantage of warmer
early-week weather and planted 6 percent of their crop before
cold, snowy weather forced them out of their fields toward
week’s end. Nationally, emergence advanced to 3 percent by
May 5, twenty-six percentage points behind last year and
12 points behind the 5-year average. This represents the
slowest emergence pace on since records began in 1999.
By page 37 they get to Canada:
Cool, damp weather slowed planting of spring grains and
oilseeds, as well as the green up of winter wheat and pastures.
Over the past few weeks, the unusually late melting of snow
across northern and eastern agricultural districts has resulted in
wet fields and flooding; as of May 4, snow still covered the
ground in some farming areas of Manitoba and eastern
Saskatchewan. This week, temperatures averaged 2 to 5°C
below normal across the Prairies, with nighttime lows falling
well below -5°C in most areas. Precipitation was generally
scattered and light, though amounts exceeded 10 mm (liquid
equivalent) in parts of Manitoba and southeastern
Saskatchewan. Warmer, drier weather is needed to help dry
fields and melt the remaining snow cover to avoid significant
Doesn’t sound like “Global Warming” much, now does it?…
The graph on page 38 is downright frightening. Shows 2013 as way slow and low (below all other years graphed) on corn planting. 1995 to now, or 18 years.
I’ve saved a copy of this one (and the one from 30 April 2013) and may start looking at this more regularly.