Excessive wetness that was creating havoc for the winter wheat crop on the Plains in recent weeks with now fading to unseasonably warm and dry conditions, weather analysts say, which is giving the crop a needed growth spurt ahead of winter dormancy.
Weather analysts at Planalytics, a weather analysis firm based in New York, say that recent mild temperatures and a the absence of excessive rains is boosting vegetation levels across the Plains.
Based on satellite imagery, a large portion of the primary winter wheat belt on the Plains is showing increased greenness – a significant turnaround from what maps indicated just a few weeks ago.
"Concerns over late planting appear to have been offset by the mild November temperatures,” according to Planalytics' Flash Weather report dated Nov. 21. Most years would have had earlier freezes that would have caused a decrease in vegetation and more "brownness" to satellite maps.
The late planting of this year's crop versus last year's is another possible reason for the enhanced greenness maps are showing this late in the year, Planalytics stated.