The cold front which swept through the area the last few ways brought heavy rains with it, dumping nearly three inches of rain on Crawford County through 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“Heavier bands started in Cherokee and Crawford counties,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Schaumann said. “Probably got a little over three inches by the time it was all over.”
The area has been down about four-and-a-half inches to last year but Schaumann said Monday and Tuesday’s rains “cut that in half, at least.”
He said temperatures will remain unseasonably low — if much more mild into the weekend, with highs returning to a more normal upper 70s by the weekend.
However, Schaumann said, more rain is forecast for Thursday evening into Friday morning, with more chances the first of next week.
The rain is a mixed blessing, according to Wildcat Extension District Crop Production agent Josh Coltrain.
“The farmers that have both wheat and corn in the ground are conflicted,” Coltrain said.
The early corn is benefiting from the rain, but the wheat is late in it’s growth cycle and needs warm, dry weather to mature.
“The moisture, it would do the producers good for it to turn off,” Coltrain said, adding the wheat looks very good, with little disease and the potential for very high yields.
He said he expects harvest to be early this year, if the weather holds, possibly starting the first week of June.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.