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USDA: Light Showers Expected to Drift Across the Plains and Upper Midwest

April 18, 2012
By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, showers linger in northern portions of the region, benefiting Montana's winter wheat. "Dry, warmer-than-normal weather prevails across the central and southern Great Plains," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says cool, wet weather persists from the northern portions of the Rockies and Great Basin into the Pacific Northwest, slowing winter wheat development but further improving soil moisture and spring runoff prospects. "In contrast, increasingly warm, dry weather across the Southwest is maintaining drought concerns," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA explains showers are improving soil moisture across Upper Midwest, while dry, warm weather elsewhere is promoting fieldwork and early summer crop establishment.

In the South, USDA says showers are providing some drought relief from the northeastern Gulf Coast into the central Appalachians, while unfavorably dry weather continues to adversely impact winter grains, pastures, and summer crops across the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

In its outlook, USDA says an area of mostly light showers will drift across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, while a series of weak disturbances maintain unsettled weather from the Pacific Northwest into the central and northern Plains and Upper Midwest. "As the week progresses, there are indications that a storm will develop in the Gulf and move slowly northeast, shifting the focus for rain – which could become potentially heavy – into the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast states by the weekend," USDA reports. In contrast, dry, increasingly hot weather will expand across much of the West, even reaching the Pacific Northwest by week’s end, according to USDA.


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