USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, drought continues to limit winter wheat emergence in South Dakota (5% emerged versus the five-year average of 32%), Nebraska (16% vs. 41%), Colorado (20% vs. 37%) and Montana (4% vs. 15%). "Meanwhile, dry weather has returned to the southern Plains, following a period of wet weather that benefited rangeland, pastures, and winter grains, but was a concern for open-boll cotton," USDA continues.
In the West, USDA says dry weather and record-setting high temperatures favor a rapid fieldwork pace. "However, dryness remains a concern with respect to Northwestern winter grains," USDA adds. Oregon's winter wheat had not yet begun to emerge by Sept. 30, compared to the five-year average of 12%, according to USDA.
In the Corn Belt, USDA reports showers are gradually ending across the lower Great Lakes region. "Recent soil moisture improvements in the southern and eastern Corn Belt are benefiting newly planted winter wheat," USDA continues. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather continues to promote a rapid harvest pace, especially across the upper Midwest, according to USDA.
In the South, USDA says showers and thunderstorms linger along and near the southern Atlantic Coast. "Across the remainder of the region, summer crop harvesting and other fieldwork activities remain limited in the wake of recent heavy rainfall," USDA explains.
In its outlook, USDA says heavy rain will end later today in the East, although showers may linger for a few days along the Atlantic Seaboard. "Farther west, a strong cold front will reach northern portions of the Rockies and High Plains by late Tuesday," USDA continues. Rain and snow showers will accompany the surge of cold air, which will engulf the Plains and Midwest on Thursday and Friday, according to USDA. Heavy snow will be confined to the northern Rockies as well as eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota, USDA explains. "Toward week’s end, freezes can be expected as far south as the central High Plains and the upper Midwest, while below-normal temperatures will cover the majority of the U.S.," USDA reports. During the weekend, lingering warmth will be limited to the Far West and lower Southeast, according to USDA.