Will developing El Niño dampen hurricane season?

A team of experts from Colorado State University announced its first forecast for the 2019 hurricane season that will run from June 1 through November 30. In a normal season there would be 12 tropical storms with six reaching hurricane level intensity. For 2019, [...]

Remembering 1993’s Midwest flooding

Heavy precipitation during the fall and winter of 1992/93 saturated Midwestern soil and raised reservoir levels. Then excessive spring and summer rainfall inundated 400,000 square miles, flooding that persisted throughout much of the growing season in the Corn Belt. Iowa was hit very hard [...]

Beware the Ides of March: Late, wet start for 2019 planting?

January and February saw substantial snowfall accumulation across the northern Central Plains, raising concerns about the volume of the spring thaw. The storm during Mar. 9-10 brought additional snowfall and blizzard conditions across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and northern Michigan. Another event is forecast [...]

Weather continues to support bullish trend in Oceania dairy prices

Results from Mar. 5 GDT auction showed continued resilience for the bullish trajectory of prices out of New Zealand. Across dairy ingredients, prices were up on average 3.3 percent, with particular strength in fat-containing products. Two core export commodities of Fonterra, anhydrous milkfat and whole [...]

West African weather more favorable for midcrop cocoa

Major West African cocoa origins seem to have dodged what some had thought would be a harsher Harmattan season; instead, Ivory Coast and Ghana have seen the sort of mix of sunshine and rains that typically supports higher bean production. In this case, 2018/19 [...]