It looks like this recent band of rain showers will be moving out of the Inland Northwest fairly quickly. Dennis Hull with the National Weather Service told the Washington Ag Network he expects dryer, and warmer conditions as we wrap up the week. He added this wet spring will benefit the ag community.
“Over 90% of Washington and Oregon is having soil moisture adequate to surplus so, we’re looking at a dryer pattern and a warmer pattern so with this good soil moisture, things really should start taking off here.”
Hull said he expects soil temperatures to climb fairly quickly in the coming days, but he adds the soil moisture levels should remain high. But, he noted that doesn’t mean irrigation water wont be used in the coming days.
“Now we can expect evapotranspiration for the alfalfa and irrigated winter wheat to ramp up, from around 0.1” today all the way to 0.25” per day beginning Friday, all the way into the middle of next week.”
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