November Crop Production: October Weather Summary

November 9, 2011 02:00 AM


Mostly dry weather in the Mississippi Valley, including the western Corn Belt, allowed autumn fieldwork to near completion. In stark contrast, winter wheat planting and corn and soybean harvest activities trailed the normal pace in the eastern Corn Belt, due to late maturation of summer crops and autumn wetness.
Wet conditions also extended into the Northeast, where a late-October snow storm highlighted the continuation of a soggy weather regime. The October 29 - 30 snow caused widespread power outages when it weighed down and snapped trees still carrying their leaves. Farther south, tropical showers soaked Florida's peninsula, while drier-than-normal weather favored October fieldwork across the remainder of the lower Southeast.
Meanwhile on the Plains, beneficial showers provided moisture for winter wheat emergence and establishment. Precipitation was particularly important on the southern Plains, where little subsoil moisture was available due to the record-setting drought that began in October 2010.
Elsewhere, hit-or-miss showers accompanied mild weather in the West. The Western precipitation, beneficial from the standpoint of providing moisture for winter grains and establishing high-elevation snow packs, did not cause significant fieldwork disruptions.
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