El Niño is getting closer

An atmospheric scientist says the widespread rains in the weekend weather forecast across the central and eastern Corn Belt could kick off the full El Niño weather pattern.

Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions says El Niño is developing quickly and it will bring a better chance of rain and thunderstorms.

“And will we avoid the heat stress this summer? Most long-range forecasts are suggesting heat is much further west, from Texas to Washington, later this year. It’s not there yet, which is a concern.”

Snodgrass says El Niño is traditionally good for the majority of the Corn Belt. 

“Usually we get better flow out of the northwest in the middle of summer, better chances for storms and if you look at historical patterns, most corn yields are on-trend or historically above in an El Niño. However, El Niño is quickly transitioning.”

He tells Brownfield widespread dry conditions are expected in the central and eastern Corn Belt and Delta until the weekend.

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