USDA: Drought Delaying Winter Wheat Planting Preparations in Southern Plains

September 9, 2011 03:05 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather favors fieldwork, including spring wheat harvesting in Montana and North Dakota. "However, excessively dry conditions are delaying winter wheat planting preparations on the drought-devastated southern Plains," USDA reports. In addition, it says wildfires remain a threat in the drought-affected areas of the south-central U.S.

In the West, showers and thunderstorms are mostly confined to the Four Corners region, USDA reports. "Elsewhere, late-season warmth and dry conditions are promoting crop maturation and fieldwork, including initial Northwestern winter wheat planting efforts," according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports cool weather and scattered showers linger in the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys. "In contrast, warm, dry weather across the upper Midwest favors corn and soybean maturation," USDA explains.

"In the South, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including corn and rice harvesting," USDA says.

USDA's Outlook says Hurricane Katia will pass well east of the New England coast today, while Tropical Storm Nate—over the southern Gulf of Mexico—should begin to turn westward and make a Mexican landfall during the weekend. "The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will generate a few more heavy showers in the northern Mid-Atlantic region, but widespread flooding will persist through the weekend along the Susquehanna River and several neighboring river basins," USDA reports. Elsewhere, significant rainfall during the next five days will be confined to Florida’s peninsula and the Four Corners States, although a few showers will linger across the central and eastern Corn Belt, USDA explains. "Meanwhile, warmth across the northern U.S. will gradually expand to cover most of the remainder of the nation by early next week," USDA says.

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