Farmers Face Unpredictable Weather

Farmers across the country, especially in the Midwest, are facing a rough growing season ahead in the face of recent bouts of severe and unpredictable weather.
For the past two years, farmers across the country have been on the receiving end of some of the most extreme weather conditions in recent memory. Last summer, for example, saw one of the worst droughts in more than eighty years. With temperatures reaching all-time highs and with precipitation at all-time lows, many farmers watched helplessly as their crops withered.
Despite some recent showers, farmers are still reeling from unpredictable weather patterns. For the past several weeks and months, for example, farmers across the Midwest have experienced dizzying bouts of extreme heat, extreme cold, and pouring rain. Many farmers are afraid to start planting for fear that a sudden spring freeze may damage budding crops.
Most farmers are still waiting, hoping that the unusual weather patterns end soon, allowing them to plant and harvest one of the largest corn crops in decades. However, with some climatologists predicting another potentially more intense drought this summer, many of those farmers’ plans may come up short.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer