Storms on Saturday across the southwest part of Hub Territory brought blessings in widespread rains of an inch or more, fear in funnel clouds that hung low and briefly touched down north of Wilcox and misery for farmers in Loomis, Funk and other areas to the southwest as hail shredded corn and soybean crops.
There has been useful rain on the Northern Tablelands in the last couple of days although it hasn’t been enough in most places to run much water. Ensuring good quality water for livestock is an ongoing part of managing livestock at all times but becomes particularly relevant when water supplies are limited in dry times.
A brief Sunday afternoon downpour cooled off the corn fields just in time for the Star Courier’s annual “Knee High by the Fourth of July” measurement. The traditional adage was once used by farmers to gauge the progress of the crop, but corn hasn’t been anywhere near knee high in the nearly 30 years the newspaper has been taking the tape to the field.
Coffee planters have been fearing a huge crop loss as the coffee fruits have started withering due to continuous and heavy rain. On the other hand, areca farmers, too, are worried as they are not able to spray insecticides to the plants. During the current year, most of the coffee plants were healthy and the planters expected more gain compared to the earlier year.
Farmers are concerned about crop loss in flooded fields and denitrification of fertilizer due to the heavy rains in the region this last week. Pioneer Field Agronomist Curt Hoffbeck says while soybeans can remain underwater longer than corn, neither crop can stay submerged for more than a few days without complete loss.
After months of drought, Kansas farmers are finally getting much needed rain now that harvest season is here. The rain is exactly what farmers prayed for but it comes later than they hoped. "Conditions that we had and as dry as it’s been this winter you really don’t want to wish the rain away, so right now while sometimes it’s untimely, we really don’t ever discourage the rain," says Jill Zimmerman.
Queensland farmers are hoping that forecast rain for this week may offer a last-ditch opportunity to germinate winter grain crops and seed late crops. An unseasonal trough is expected to feed moist air into Queensland bringing the chance of welcome rain to Central Highlands, Maranoa, Darling Downs and extending into northern NSW. Forecasters are saying some areas could see 20 – 30mm of rain by the end of the week.
The following is from the Indiana Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending June 17. Rain showers early last week helped increase soil moisture to adequate levels. The weather left some fields wet. The high temperatures helped to quickly dry out some areas. The average temperature for the week 74.7 degrees, 3.6 degrees above normal for the state.
Widespread damage to properties and crops has been reported in the heavy rain that lashed many parts of the district for the past several days. Normal life in many parts of the district was hit on Tuesday after low-lying areas were inundated in the torrential rain. “The district administration is adopting steps to open relief camps in Kottathara, Panamaram, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavady to shift families living in low-lying areas, K.M. Raju, Additional District Magistrate.
Affected farmers should be given due compensation for the crop loss, they urged the State government. Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds late on Sunday devastated over 10,000 banana plants and uprooted hundreds of coconut trees in Nagadevanpalayam panchayat area near Gobichettipalayam near here, even as downpour badly damaged over ten tiled-roof houses in the area.
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