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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: July 02, 2019

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An upper level trof of low pressure will continue over the pacific northwest and temperatures will remain near to below normal this week across the Columbia Basin. Scattered rainfall on Monday amounted to mainly less than a tenth of an inch, so harvest delays for hay and damage to cherries were mostly minimal. A few more light showers are possible again today and Wednesday with amounts under a tenth of an inch in most areas. Hay cut today or Wednesday should be able to be baled this weekend with little or no rain damage. There will likely be moderate to locally heavy dew forming overnight on hay windrows in irrigated fields, except in the Kittitas Valley. Look for this to decrease after midweek. The dry conditions will allow winter wheat to continue ripening. You can plan on crop water use for alfalfa, spring grains, mint and apples to range between an inch and ¾ and 2 inches, while lawns, potatoes, peaches, and early tasseling corn needs between an inch and a half and 3/4 . If you need to spray this week, you can expect breezy conditions in much of the Kittitas valley with lighter winds elsewhere. Over the past month, some farms in central Washington had brief extreme heat in mid June, but really nothing since. It does look like the end of next week, we could see a few days with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees above normal.

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