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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: April 03, 2018

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This past week was pretty dry with cool nights, but now we’re looking at extended wet period and mild temperatures. We’re watching a warm front that will push temperatures close to normal by tomorrow and back to above normal beginning Thursday. The warm front will also bring a chance for rain beginning Wednesday, but the best chance will be Thursday into Saturday. You can plan on rainfall amounts of a half inch to one inch. Farms near the Cascades and from the Palouse down to Walla Walla and Pendleton may get close to an inch and a half. So really don’t expect much progress in field work after Wednesday as soils will be wet and chemical washoff chances high. It will likely be important to scout for foliar diseases as this wet period will have temperatures mainly in the 50s and 60s, humidity above 60 percent, wet leaves, and very few hours of sunshine. Early asparagus harvesters will have to contend with muddy fields. Watch the potential for increasing winds Saturday night and Sunday. Soil temperatures range from the low and mid 40s in the Warden, Ritzville and Walla Walla areas to around 50 around Yakima, Pasco, and Hermiston. Soils should warm 3 to 5 degrees this week.

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