Drier Weather for Midwest at Last

July is starting out with some ideal weather.

Published on: Jul 2, 2008

After one the wettest Junes on record in the Midwest, July is starting out with some more favorable conditions for farmers desperately trying to get crops in the ground. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says many of the flooded areas and other areas that have been buffeted by rain are getting a break from the wet weather.

"How long is it going to last; at least a few days before a wet weather pattern comes through," Rippey says.

Many farmers working frantically to plant fields that they are able to work and waiting anxiously for those that are too wet to dry enough to begin field work. Rippey says while many river bottoms will not be planted to crops this year, several other areas have potential if they can dry and be planted, and some areas have really not been effected.

"The folks that have not been effected we continue to see favorable conditions," Rippey says. "That's why we see as much of the crop as we do in the good to excellent category." More than 61% of the corn crop falls into that rating and Rippey says all things considered there is hope for a fairly good outcome for the corn and soybean crops.