US grain farmers fear crop damage from El Niño


22 May 1998


US grain farmers fear crop damage from El Niño

FARMERS in the heart of the US grain belt are nervous about the possible tail-end effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon – despite the fact that planting is well ahead of schedule.

Farmers in Des Moines, Iowa, fear that a prolonged period of parching heat could re-emerge later in the growing season causing damage.

Wet weather early in the growing season benefited plantings, but temperatures are now hitting 100°F (38°C). Mexico has been gripped by drought and US cereal growers fear the dry weather could head northwards.

  • Drought threat to N American maize, FWi Markets, yesterday (21 May) — Click here
  • Financial Times 22/05/98 page 28

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