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Sweatshirts in August?


August in Missouri is known for many things: county fairs and ice cream; boating and swimming; and barbeque and baseball, but not sweatshirts! In Missouri, we have an old saying the goes something like, “If you don’t like the weather in Missouri, just wait 5 minutes.” August, however, is not usually a month when that saying rings true. August weather means two things: hot and humid. There’s not usually a lot of change. There may be a thunderstorm or two, but mostly it’s just hot and humid. Another saying Missourians have about the weather is “this is highly unusual for this time of year.” This phrase is heard when we have atypical weather. This August has been sweatshirt weather, and yes, “this is highly unusual for this time of year!”

Missouri weather for the past 10 days has reminded residents more of May or September than August. Our normal high temperatures for this time of year run, on average, about 90°F and our low temperatures are usually around 70°F. These past 10-12 days, we have enjoyed an average high of 79.6°F and an average low of “chilly sweatshirt weather” 57.7°F. Highly unusual!

How are the crops doing with these unusual temperatures? It is too ear2017 Soybeans.jpgly to tell what effect, if any, there might be at harvest, 2017 Soybeans2.jpgbut we will continue to watch and test. Currently, the beans look amazing in our area of Missouri. The corn crop in our area had a wide range of planting (and replanting) dates due to spring flooding and heavy rains.  Some of the corn crop is beginning to dry while some is still green and healthy. Harvesters are not looking at a record corn crop this year and yields may be down a bit, but if we see rain in the coming weeks to help fill the beans we could have a great soybean harvest in October.

Sweatshirts in August in Missouri? That’s where we’re at right now, but in few days we will probably return to our normal hot and humid August temperatures. At Trilogy, we will be keeping an eye on both the local and regional weather in crop growing areas and will be doing some pre-harvest testing in any areas that could have potential problems. In the meantime, tell us how the weather is in your “neck of the woods.”

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