Likely El Nino a positive for growing season

An anticipated transition to El Nino weather conditions this summer should benefit crop development.

USDA Midwest Climate Hub director Dennis Todey says La Nina has officially moved into a neutral pattern.

“And it’s looking quite likely that we will get into an El Nino by sometime during the summer. El Nino summers tend to more likely have better growing conditions. They may not be outstanding, but most of the time they are not bad years from a growing season standpoint.”

He tells Brownfield the ENSO neutral phase happening now does not provide strong indications as to what the weather will do across the Corn Belt.

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