Editor’s note: To allow our readers to best view the new format of the Ag-Climate Update, the eUpdate will only feature a short summary each month. The entire 2-page Ag-Climate Update will be posted with much better resolution on the Kansas Climate webpage at http://climate.k-state.edu/ag/updates/. Previous Ag-Climate updates will also be accessible from this same link.
As a reminder, each update includes a brief summary of that month, agronomic impacts, relevant maps and graphs, 1-month temperature and precipitation outlooks, monthly extremes, and notable highlights. The Ag-Climate Update is a joint effort between our climate and extension specialists.
April 2019 – A short break in the moisture
April brought a break to the colder-than-normal trend that dominated the winter. Vegetation had been slow to emerge from dormancy, but the moderately warm weather has been beneficial for the fall-planted crops such as wheat and canola. The warmer conditions have resulted in rapid development in wheat, but the crop is still about 2 weeks behind its normal stage. Development shows substantial differences based on sowing dates.
View the entire April Ag-Climate Summary at http://climate.k-state.edu/ag/updates/