Will it ever warm up and dry up? That is the common question being asked across the upper Midwest this past week. While the recent rains have been welcome in the western regions of the corn belt, much of the Midwest is now at or above historic soil moisture levels.

The lack of sunny days and warm weather has delayed spring planting severely and expectations are that this afternoons planting progress report will reflect the on-going delays.

At the same time, the cool weather has meant almost ideal growing conditions for pigs in our facilities. With outside air temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, it’s relatively easy for producers to maintain conditions in their barns that are well under the upper critical temperature for the pigs in the facilities.

In reviewing temperatures in our 4 research barns, we have yet to approach 80F, even in the facilities with pigs that are approaching market weight. In a ‘normal’ year we would have had several days already when temperatures in the pig zone would have been at or above 80F for several hours.

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