/ INTERNATIONAL NEWS
El Nino to boost 2010 U.S. crops
Source: Reuters, Date: January , 2010
farmers grew record-large corn and soy crops in 2009 but production in
2010 could be even bigger, aided by an El Nino weather pattern that is
typically a boon to the Midwest but less so for growers in Australia
and southeast Asia, a forecaster said recently.
Motew, meteorologist at QT Weather, forecast a dry U.S. spring, which
should minimize problems at planting time, followed by a favorably wet
summer growing season.
Temperatures in the U.S. Corn Belt are expected to be mostly below normal this summer, while precipitation will be above normal.
said corn yields typically increase when an El Nino weather pattern
persists for two years in a row. The same is likely true for soybeans,