USDA: Beneficial Showers in Iowa and Missouri

August 16, 2011 06:52 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers in Iowa and Missouri are providing beneficial moisture for reproductive corn. "Pockets of unfavorable dryness persist in Illinois, while sunny skies are benefiting corn and soybeans in the Ohio Valley in the wake of recent moderate to heavy rainfall," USDA says.

In the West, USDA says mostly dry weather is promoting crop development and fieldwork, although monsoon showers linger in the Southwest. "Severe to exceptional drought persists in the southern Four Corners Region," USDA reports.

On the Plains, drier weather is returning to drought-afflicted southern growing areas, where despite recent rain, more moisture is needed for upcoming winter wheat planting, USDA says. It continues, "In contrast, showers in the Dakotas are slowing spring wheat harvesting but maintaining abundant soil moisture for summer crops."

"In the South, varying degrees of drought persist from Texas into the Southeast, despite recent rain," USDA says. Some showers are approaching the northern Delta, USDA explains, while generally sunny skies elsewhere are promoting summer crop development in areas with sufficient soil moisture.

According to USDA's Outlook, showers and thunderstorms will sweep across the Corn Belt ahead of a weak cold front, although the rain intensity and coverage will diminish as it moves east. "However, rain associated with this front will reintensify as it approaches the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast during the latter half of the week," USDA adds. Dry, increasingly hot weather is expected across much of the south, USDA reports, despite scattered showers in the Delta. "Meanwhile, monsoon moisture will spread northeastward out of the Four Corners Region, generating locally heavy showers and thunderstorms over the central Plains. Seasonably dry weather is expected from the central and northern Rockies to the Pacific Coast," USDA says.


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