More rain in forecast as farmers rush to plant
By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
Area farmers are getting a brief reprieve from episodes of devastating downpours that delay planting the 2008 corn crop. But their relief is short-lived. Another one will be here by mid-week.
Douglas Vogelsang, a meteorologist at the Memphis office, National Weather Service, said the weather pattern in northwest Tennessee of late has been low pressure systems or cold fronts, with one moving through every three or four days.
“The next one will be Wednesday night into Thursday. It won’t be as strong as the one last Friday, but there’s the possibility it will be severe,” he said.
The storm that drenched the area Friday evening and early Saturday recorded 2.92 inches of rain at A.L. Strub Wastewater Treatment Plant in Union City.
Since Jan. 1, there has been 25.49 inches of precipitation recorded locally, compared to 14.33 inches of precipitation at this time last year.
Matt Ross, manager of the Crop Production Services office in Union City, said about 85 percent of the 2008 corn crop in Obion County has been planted.
Obion County Extension Leader Tim Smith was out of town and not available for comment.
Published in The Messenger 5.5.08