USDA: Dry Conditions Raise Winter Wheat Establishment Concerns

October 31, 2012 03:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, but many areas lack enough moisture to support proper winter wheat establishment. "The area of greatest concern with respect to winter wheat remains the northwestern half of the Plains," USDA elaborates. Today's temperatures will again exceed 80°F across parts of the southern Plains, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says precipitation is confined to the Pacific Northwest. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in both California and Arizona," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports Sandy's remnant circulation continues to produce light precipitation (rain and snow showers) and gusty winds in the Great Lakes region and the Ohio Valley. "In contrast, warm, dry weather favors late-season harvest efforts west and south of the Missouri River, where today's temperatures will approach 70°F," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA says warm weather has returned to the western Gulf Coast region, but cool conditions persist across the remainder of the region. "Dry weather throughout the South favors autumn fieldwork," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says less-than-ideal (cool, cloudy, and showery) conditions persist in the Northeast with respect to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. "Sandy’s remnant circulation is currently centered near Lake Erie, drifting northward," USDA explains. For the remainder of the week, mild, tranquil conditions will cover much of the nation, USDA adds. "Shower activity—including high-elevation snowfall—will gradually subside in the Northeast," USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA says locally heavy precipitation will spread inland across the Northwest. "During the weekend, a few rain showers will spread across the South," USDA adds. Above-normal temperatures across most of the U.S. and a warming trend across the South will contrast with persistently cool conditions from the upper Midwest into the Northeast, according to USDA.

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