Much Needed Rain, but Not Without a Cost for the Nation’s Mid Section

Midwestern ag land was blanketed with much needed rain the past few days, but the moisture didn’t come without a cost.

A DTN Meteorologist is calling it a pretty rare accomplishment for mother nature. Two storm systems moved rapidly across the Plains and Midwest starting last Thursday through early this week. The five day stretch followed the same trajectory and brought severe weather for producers.

Those in western Kansas saw large hail. with some chunks of ice measuring two to three inches in diameter. That’s the size of tennis or base balls. Of course we know that likely caused extensive damage to crops and property.

Long tracked tornadoes tore through Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and northeast Texas, with winds reaching 80 miles per hour.

USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey, shares how the rain will bring some benefit though.

“We are at an absolutely critical time right now for winter wheat. Pastures and range lands have really browned out, some of the driest areas. So, any rain that falls this week, even if it comes with a little bit of wind and hail, could be beneficial for the crop in terms of getting some moisture into the winter wheat and into the pastures and range lands at this critical time of growth in the season.”
Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist


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