Wet and warm weather pushes growing season in Pierce County
If crops' growth could be told by looking at a grandfather clock, recent extreme weather means the pendulum would have really swung this season.
Thursday, Soil Conservationist Jon Krauss of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department described the summer just ending as wetter than normal, and warmer and more humid than normal. Consequently, crop development is ahead of usual at this time of year by a couple of weeks, Krauss estimated.
"I've even seen some places where the corn has already been shelled off," he said, referring to a location on the way to Red Wing.
It's a contrast to area conditions a year ago and more so to those two years ago at this time. Last summer was unusually cool and drier than the latest one, plus 2008's was much drier in the vicinity.
Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 22.