The latest Grass-Cast forecast maps were released on June 11th. The forecasts are based on the Precipitation Seasonal Outlook that was released by NOAA on May 16th (map at top-right).
NOAA updated its Precipitation Seasonal Outlook on June 20th, but this outlook covers the months of July-August-September. It’s important to note NOAA still expects above-normal precipitation for the Grass-Cast region. More evidence there is high confidence in the seasonal forecast and that the chances of an above or near-normal growing season is expected.
May 16 Precipitation Seasonal Outlook for June-July-August
June 20 Precipitation Seasonal Outlook for July-August-September
The latest Grass-Cast forecast maps are below. For many areas in the Grass-Cast region there is a better than 75% chance of seeing at least near-normal precipitation over the next two months (above and near-normal maps below). This could result in many areas seeing forage production of 5-30% above-normal.
The below map shows average forage production for each county in the Grass-Cast forecast region. Click on each county to see specific forage production values as well as what could be expected if there is an increase of 5-30% in production. Please note some counties that are currently experiencing drought in Northern Plains like north-central North Dakota and Northeast Montana will likely see at best average or below average values.