USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warm, dry air is overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River, promoting summer crop maturation and early-season harvest efforts. "Meanwhile, a pesky storm continues to slow corn and soybean harvest activities in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA reports.
"In the West, autumn fieldwork continues to advance under a warm, dry weather regime," USDA says.
On the Plains, USDA says very warm, dry weather prevails. "Today's high temperatures may exceed 90°F as far north as South Dakota," USDA adds. Winter wheat planting is quickly advancing in most areas, USDA says, although many producers on the drought-ravaged southern Plains are opting to delay seeding in the hope that rain will soon fall.
"In the South, isolated thundershowers are causing only minor fieldwork delays," according to USDA. Across much of the region, USDA explains warm weather favors harvesting of crops such as cotton, peanuts, rice and soybeans.
In its outlook, USDA says A slow-moving storm will continue to plague the Northeast and portions of the Midwest, with an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain possible from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast. "Scattered showers will also affect the Deep South and the Pacific Northwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail across the remainder of the country," USDA reports. A warm weather pattern across the majority of the U.S. will begin to change by week’s end, USDA says, with a surge of very cool air across the Midwest and East. "Weekend frost can be expected from the Great Lakes region to the interior Northeast. In contrast, record-setting warmth will cover the northern Plains during the weekend," USDA says.