News : State Climatologist Says Dry for Winter and Spring
Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher is predicting drier than normal conditions will continue for the rest of the winter and spring for Nebraska. While this may be good news for people who don't like snow, it is a concern for farmers and ranchers who worry about soil moisture. Dutcher said if precipitation is normal next spring, dryland corn crops in the area could see a 4-10% yield reduction as a result.
Dutcher told the committee that his forecast comes in part from the "La Nina" weather pattern of cooler than normal water in the Pacific Ocean. This, he believes, will likely lead to production problems in the 2012 growing season, though there is some forecasting that the current La Nina will break down this spring.
The Agribusiness Committee of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Dutcher at their December meeting. They schedule speakers of interest to the local agricultural community and producers. As with most Chamber committees, any employee of all Chamber members are welcome to attend.