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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: June 19, 2018

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Tomorrow is the last day of Spring, and summer time temperatures will be arriving in the Columbia Basin. An upper level disturbance will brush by the area Wednesday night and Thursday. This disturbance will produce showers and scattered thunderstorms. Although rainfall should be mainly under a quarter inch, some of the storms may produce brief intense rainfall and decrease the quality of ripening cherries and curing hay, especially east of Lind to Hermiston. In the spotty areas where the rain is heavy, it will help dryland spring grain and peas and also pastures, which have had to endure mostly dry weather for the past 6 weeks. Look for dry weather to return for this weekend and much of next week and this will continue to hasten the ripening of winter wheat which rapidly turning color. Light winds will favor spraying today and Wednesday and also this weekend. This coming week features the longest days of the year with nearly 16 hours of daylight. Plan on crop water use around 1 and ¾ inch for tall alfalfa, spring grains, peas, corn and potatoes. Lawns will need about an inch an a quarter. Growing Degree days base 40 since March first are accumulating about 4 to 7 days ahead of normal and last year. Base 50 since April 1 are 7 to 10 days ahead. Looking out into mid July, it it does not appear to show any extended period of extreme temperatures.

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