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More rain in the forecast, but drier weather can be seen ahead

The seven day QPF forecast for this week shows a continuation of rainy conditions this week across most of the Southeast.  That is not good news for farmers already struggling with all the rain we’ve been having for the past few weeks.  But the week won’t be continually rainy, so farmers may be able to take advantage of some dry periods.  Andy Shirley pointed out in the Mitchell County Ag News this week that some early-planted peanuts in southwest Georgia are starting to emerge two weeks after going into the ground.

There is some hope for drier conditions ahead.  The Climate Prediction Center’s 6-10 day forecast shows most of the eastern half of the US in a good chance of drier than normal conditions.  That would give farmers the chance to catch up on their field work and get the crops in the ground.

You can get updated QPF (Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts) maps at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/day1-7.shtml and updated extended forecasts at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/.

7 day qpf 4-25-2015  610prcp 4-25-2015

Source: Andy Shirley, Mitchell County Extension

Source: Andy Shirley, Mitchell County Extension