USDA: Beneficial Precip for the Central and Southern Plains by Mid-week.

October 31, 2011 03:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and late-season winter wheat planting. "On the southern Plains, more moisture is needed, despite highly beneficial October precipitation. Pockets of dryness have also developed on the northern High Plains," USDA adds.

In the West, mild weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona, USDA reports. "Isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Northwest," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild, dry weather favors late-season harvest activities from the Mississippi Valley westward. "In contrast, showers are again slowing fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean harvesting have been delayed by late crop maturation and autumn wetness," USDA reports.

"In the South, wet conditions persist across Florida's peninsula, but dry weather across the remainder of the region is promoting summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting," USDA says.

In its outlook, USDA says in the wake of an early-season snow storm, cool weather will linger early in the week in the Northeast. "Meanwhile, a new storm will begin to take shape across the northern and central Rockies, with snow accompanying a surge of cold air," USDA adds. By mid-week, some beneficial precipitation (rain and snow) will overspread portions of the central and southern High Plains, USDA says. "Late in the week, rain will move into the Southeast, while sharply colder weather will accompany rain and snow showers in the West," USDA explains.


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