USDA: Dry Weather Maintains Stress on Southern Plains Wheat

March 6, 2014 04:58 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, some freezing rain is occurring across northern Montana. "Across the remainder of the High Plains, mild, breezy weather is eroding any remaining snowcover," USDA reports. Dry weather is maintaining stress on the southern Plains’ winter wheat; in Texas, wheat was rated 46% very poor to poor on March 2, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports significant precipitation continues in the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "However, the combination of heavy rain and melting snow is resulting in river rises and local flooding, especially west of the Cascades and in northeastern Oregon," USDA continues. Some precipitation is also occurring in northern and central California and the Great Basin, although amounts are generally light, according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cold weather lingers, although this morning’s sub-zero temperatures were limited to the Great Lakes region. "An extremely deep and extensive snowcover persists across the northern Corn Belt," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA explains a chilly rain is falling in the lower Mississippi Valley and the lower Southeast. Spring fieldwork is off to a slow start across the Deep South due to cold, wet conditions, USDA details.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, significant precipitation will be limited to the South and from the Pacific Northwest to the Rockies. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 6 inches in the Pacific Northwest and 1 to 3 inches in the northern and central Rockies," USDA elaborates. In some areas of the Northwest, USDA says the combination of heavy rain and melting snow could lead to additional flooding. Meanwhile, rainfall could total 1 to 3 inches from southern Texas to the southern Atlantic states, USDA elaborates. "Elsewhere, little or no precipitation will occur from southern California to the southern High Plains, and from the Midwest into the Northeast," USDA continues. For a brief period during the weekend and early next week, markedly warmer weather will overspread most areas east of the Rockies, while general warmth will continue in the West, USDA reports.


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