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Courtesy: NOAA Climate Prediction Center

Everett Griner talks about the possibilities of the drought continuing in 2017 in today’s Agri View.

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It was late last fall before the long hard drought slammed agriculture across the south and this state. Notice I didn’t say end. It is still dry in some areas and surface water levels remain low. There is a lot of optimism about the rest of this year. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has already forecast a La Niña weather system that brought the last year’s drought to continue to develop through the winter. This coming winter. That means it will take a lot of irrigation to produce a crop this year. Here is a good part. NOAA is lowering the odds. The last forecast I saw put the average at 55 percent. All of the Gulf Coast states. Florida to Texas and parts of the southern high plains will all be included. Well I guess it is better to know from the start what your chances are. That way you will not be too disappointed.

That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner.

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