How long will the Midwestern drought continue?
It’s a question being asked by a lot of farmers and ranchers.
DTN ag meteorologist Bryce Anderson says, as of now, there is no real end in sight.
“Right now, it does look like things are setting in on a drier note for the next almost six months—and quite possibly into the 2013 season,” Anderson says.
Anderson looks for another fairly dry winter. “In all likelihood we will be in—at least—a weak El Nino to finish out the fall and going into the winter season,” he says. “El Nino is not a real generous precipitation-maker during the winter over the north-central part of the country.”
On the other hand, Anderson doesn’t think this will become a multi-year drought.
“The feature that the seasonal weather patterns are showing is one of extremes rather than just getting locked into one particular feature that seems to last all the way through, for a number of years.”
Some forecasters think the El Nino will bring increased precipitation to the Midwest this fall, but Anderson says that outlook, in his words, “is still looking a little sketchy”.