Late Spring Freeze in the Corn Belt

Late Spring Freeze

The forecast as of May 6, 2020, shows significantly colder than normal temperature in store over the next 7 days, increasing the risk of a late spring freeze event in the corn belt. Freezing temperatures could negatively impact a newly emerging crop. The map below shows the average minimum temperature over the next 7 days is well below normal east of the Rocky Mountains.

It turns out that May 2012 experienced significant below normal temperatures as well. In the animation below, be sure to watch for May 10, 2012.

Given what happened later in 2012, which was a very hot, dry summer with drastically negative impacts on corn and soybean yield, it’s a bit ironic that May 2012 experienced a late Spring season freeze event.

Summer 2012

We all remember 2012 . . .

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