USDA: Dry, Warmer Conditions in Upper Midwest Aids Planting

May 10, 2012 03:34 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, although warmer air is beginning to overspread the upper Midwest. "Planting operations, which had been slowed by early-May rainfall, are underway again in some areas," USDA reports. Emerged corn and soybeans continue to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says warmer weather is promoting fieldwork and crop emergence and growth in California. Farther south, beneficial precipitation is developing in parts of the Rio Grande Valley. "Rangeland and pastures remain in terrible shape in the Southwest, with the majority of them rated in very poor to poor condition in New Mexico (86%) and Arizona (75%)," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says warmth is overspreading central portions of the region, but cool conditions are returning to Montana. "In Texas, showers and thunderstorms are developing across the southern fringe of the Plains' wheat and cotton areas," USDA adds.

In the South, cooler weather trails a period of beneficial showers, according to USDA. "However, more rain is needed in parts of the Southeast to help offset the effects of drought on pastures and summer crops," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says for today, heavy showers and thunderstorms will continue to erupt across Texas. "During the next few days, heavy rain will spread across the western and central Gulf Coast states, where five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 6 inches, with locally higher amounts," USDA reports. Late in the weekend, USDA says showers will return to the East. "Much of the remainder of the country, especially from the Pacific Coast to the northern Plains, will experience dry weather into early next week," USDA says. In addition, USDA reports heat will build across the West and begin to spread eastward.


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