Wettest Year on Record
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2019 was the 2nd wettest year on record. Across the United States, we had more precipitation than any other year aside from 1973, since we’ve started keeping track. This has presented both a problem and a blessing. A blessing because many dry areas have finally become saturated and a problem, because many farms were simply unprepared for the epic influx of water.
Last year proved the need for having proper drainage of your fields, however, if the trends hold true this year it might be even more important. The trend goes like this, in 1972 there was a steady increase in precipitation, culminating in the unprecedented downfall of ’73. This trend reversed again in 1974, where precipitation was far below than average, leading to drought in some areas.
NOAA reports the same trends for 2018 and ’19, of course 2020 remains to be seen. Yet, there are already indications that we will see the trend continue. So, it becomes even more critical that your fields have proper, drainage and water management. Some farmers found in the 70’s that they ended up with lower yields in ’73 from too much water then again in ’74 from not enough. Contact us today for a consultation, before planting gets started.