Moisture just keeps moving – Yuma Pioneer

Everything is in bloom and the local farming scene is encouraging as the wet weather continues to visit the region.
This past Sunday the 30th

A month-long dry spell broke on April 16 when heavy, wet snow fell on the region, bringing with it nearly half an inch of moisture. Then there was a major rain event at the end of the month that tipped at least 1.5 inches with much more recorded in other areas.
The rain cycle continued through May.
From the April 16 snowfall through May 30, the CoAgMet station recorded a total of 6.26 inches of rainfall – roughly an average of 2.5 inches of moisture per week.A pickup truck splashed through an intersection in Yuma on Sunday when heavy rain fell all day. (Pioneer photo)
Local agronomist Merlin VanDeraa said rainfall is between 15 and 10 inches across the region based on his conversations with producers and while traveling through the countryside. Some areas may have been more than 10 inches.
The result is that the local winter wheat crop is currently in good shape overall and has high-end potential. VanDeraa said that another heavy rain over the next two weeks would make the harvest “excellent”.
Those who managed to get into their dry corn have a promising start to this crop.
The moisture has enabled the irrigated producers to relieve the sprinklers as well. VanDeraa said sprinkler usage in the area is currently the lowest since 2013.
Pastureland also looks better than it has been in a long time, although it’s still not quite behind after years of drought.
Of course, there are always downsides, such as those who are trying to get rye out to grow corn and those who are still trying to stop sowing.
In residential areas, the lawns look great all over the city, and trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers love the moisture.
A warming trend with sunny skies seems to be emerging. The high temperature should get into the low 80s today, June 3, and stay in the 80s for at least next week, if not longer.

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