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USDA: Dry, Warmer Conditions Favor Corn and Bean Planting

May 14, 2012
By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry, warmer conditions favor soybean and late-season corn planting. "Emerged summer crops continue to benefit from soil moisture improvements associated with early-May rainfall," according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool weather lingers across the southern Rockies. "Elsewhere, very warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development," USDA explains. Today's high temperatures will reach 90°F across portions of the interior Northwest, USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA reports warm, dry weather across the northern half of the region favors rapid development of winter and spring wheat. "In contrast, cool, showery weather on the southern High Plains is providing some relief from long-term drought," USDA explains.

In the South, rain showers are affecting areas from the Appalachians eastward, according to USDA. "Some of the heaviest rain, in the southern Mid-Atlantic states, is helping to reduce year-to-date precipitation deficits," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says aside from cool conditions early in the week across the south-central U.S. and parts of the East, much of the country will experience near- to above-normal temperatures during the next several days. "Toward week’s end, however, cooler air will overspread the West," USDA reports. Rain will largely end by mid-week in the Rio Grande Valley and the eastern U.S., USDA reports, although 1- to 2-inch totals may occur in both regions before precipitation ends. "Mostly dry weather will prevail across the remainder of the U.S., except for late-week showers from the northern Rockies to the Great Lakes region," according to USDA.


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