If a significant El Niño does occur, its effects on agriculture are likely to linger. El Niño reverses itself by way of La Niña, the phenomenon of cooling ocean temperatures. Studies suggest that La Niña occurrences have been responsible for global crop yield losses of anywhere from 0%-5% below normal.
El Niño is often viewed as beneficial to North American harvests, but the weather phenomenon produces too many unknowns for agriculture. Its occurrence has resulted in massive flooding in some regions and severe drought in others.
Let’s hope “the boy” is quiet and well-mannered this time around. Keep yourself informed on developments regarding the possible El Niño. If the weather phenomenon starts to look as though it will disrupt agricultural production this year, marketing plans will have to be adjusted.