USDA: Cool, Rainy Weather Expected for Corn Belt & Northern, Central Plains

April 17, 2012 03:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, scattered showers are developing in western portions of the region, providing beneficial moisture in preparation for summer crop planting. Across the remainder of the Midwest, USDA reports sunny skies are promoting fieldwork and early summer crop establishment.

In the West, USDA says cool, wet weather is improving soil moisture for Northwestern winter wheat. "Sunny skies have returned to California, promoting fieldwork and crop development," USDA adds, continuing "Elsewhere in the West, cool, mostly dry weather prevails."

On the Plains, showers linger in parts of Montana, while the rest of the region is dry and mostly warmer than normal, according to USDA. Pastures and winter grains on the northern and southern High Plains are benefiting from recent soil moisture improvements, USDA reports, but both regions would welcome additional rain.

In the South, USDA explains mild weather lingers over the Atlantic Coast states. "Locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are developing along a slow-moving cold front from the Delta into the Tennessee Valley, improving soil moisture for pastures and summer crops," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says a stationary front will generate occasional showers across the Southeast and southern Mid-Atlantic, although rain intensity and coverage will diminish with time. "Meanwhile, a cold front will sweep across the northern and central Plains and Corn Belt, accompanied by periods of rain and cooler weather," USDA explains. This front may stall over the southern and eastern U.S. by week’s end, leading to potentially heavy rainfall in these locales over the weekend, according to USDA. "Out west, cool, unsettled weather in the Northwest will contrast with sunny, increasingly warm conditions in California and the Southwest," USDA adds.


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