Just because it was a mild winter doesn’t mean it will be a hot, dry summer, according to a University of Illinois report. The report compared summers and winters since 1960 and determined that the weather patterns are unpredictable. The report shows crop yields aren’t determined by winter weather either. Scott Irwin, a co-author of the report, says that means farmers can rest easy.
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“Our results, the fact there’s little relationship between winter weather and summer weather, is consistent with the view that beyond seasonal tendencies weather is very difficult to predict for horizons longer than a few weeks,” Irwin says. Irwin says about 5 percent of Illinois’ corn has been planted thanks to the warm weather. This year’s winter was the fourth warmest since 1960.