Dry weather will continue to dominate in Michigan over the course of the next week or so. That according to Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin in his Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast.
Martin says it won’t just be dry this weekend. It’ll be warm too.
“I’m expecting us to be above normal on temperatures through the holiday weekend. In terms of precipitation, I don’t have any for a solid week yet. I think the first round of moisture that we can see is going to come out of some heat-based instability that pops up next Thursday night.”
Some farmers and agronomists are getting concerned about that lack of precipitation. Martin details what he expects out of that potential rain event next week.
“I think we can see some pop-up showers and thunderstorms overnight Thursday night into Friday, more so in the UP and far western Michigan. And then the same story Friday into early Saturday for the rest of the state. Combined, we’re looking at anywhere from a quarter to one inch of rain. Coverage will end up being about 80% of Michigan. That’s going to be helpful.”
Looking ahead to next weekend, Martin says the weather pattern becomes a bit more unstable.
“An active precipitation patterns sets up for the 4th and 5th farther south over Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, so on, so forth, but I think we’ll get a little bit of moisture here as well just in time for these crops. To be clear, we have a wide-open window to plant between now and late next Thursday for sure. So, planting should be all but wrapped up here by the time we get to that point.”