USDA: Cool, Wet Weather Delays Fieldwork in Corn Belt

September 27, 2011 05:21 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, unseasonably warm weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation. "On the southern Plains, however, many producers are awaiting additional rain before planting winter wheat," USDA says. By Sept. 25, planting was just 11% complete in Oklahoma and 14% complete in Texas—20 points behind the five-year average in both states, USDA reports.

In the West, warm, mostly dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and summer crop maturation, USDA says. "Washington leads the nation with 70% of its intended winter wheat acreage planted by Sept. 25," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, a pesky storm continues to limit fieldwork due to cool, humid weather and scattered showers, USDA reports. "By Sept. 25, the soybean harvest was just 3% complete in Indiana and had not yet begun in Ohio—11 points behind the five-year average in both states," USDA explains.

"In the South, scattered thunderstorms accompany a warm, humid weather pattern," USDA says. Harvest activities for crops such as cotton, peanuts, rice, and soybeans continue as conditions permit, USDA says.

According to USDA's outlook, a slow-moving storm over the Midwest will drift northeastward into eastern Canada by week’s end. "Additional rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast," USDA adds. Meanwhile, isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue in the southern Atlantic States and across the Deep South, USDA reports. "Dry weather will prevail across the remainder of the U.S., except for some showers in the Pacific Northwest," USDA says. Meanwhile, persistent warmth will prevail across the northern High Plains and the Northwest, USDA continues. "In contrast, very cool air will arrive by week’s end across the Midwest and much of the East," USDA reports. During the weekend, USDA says widespread frost can be expected from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast.


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