D. Comparison of the 2013, 2012 and 2011 Crop Years
2013 and 2011 experienced similar weather patterns while 2012 was characterized by the drought
While both springs of 2013 and 2011 were colder and wetter than normal with delayed planting, 2013 had a later planting season than 2011. On the other hand, 2012 started out with warm, dry weather, encouraging early planting. The summers of 2012 and 2011 had above average heat in the Gulf and Southern Rail ECAs. While the summer of 2013 was cool with pockets of flash drought, 2012 had the most extensive drought. Plants matured the quickest and had the earliest harvest in 2012, followed by 2011. The most delayed harvests were in 2013 because of the cool, wet, weather combined with the delayed maturity from late planting and a cool summer.