But prospects for precipitation are the key to crop production success in the Cornbelt in 2013, and with soil moisture rated short to very short in most of the region, precipitation will be needed. The Climate Prediction Center indicates there are better chances for precipitation in the near future. The precipitation prediction maps are showing dryness in the Cornbelt into the early planting season, but more normal rain fall during the growing season. Winter temperature maps indicate Cornbelt temperatures above normal, which would tend to allow soil temperatures that would allow any precipitation to soak in.
A change in the weather will soon be happening, with the announcement that El Niño meteorological conditions have been confirmed in the Equatorial Pacific. Such a climatic change will bring improvements to Cornbelt weather that will be more conducive to rebuilding soil moisture this winter and better growing season moisture in 2012.
Source: FarmGate blog