USDA: Dry Weather Prevails in the Corn Belt and Plains

November 29, 2011 02:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather prevails. Across the Southern Plains, late-autumn fieldwork includes cotton and sorghum harvesting, USDA explains. "Drought remains a concern in much of Texas, where 40% of the winter wheat, 53% of the oats, and 84% of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on Nov. 27," USDA reports.

"In the West, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, including harvesting of cotton in Arizona and navel oranges in California," USDA says.

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather covers the northwestern half of the region, according to USDA. "However, wet weather continues to disrupt late-season harvest efforts in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA says. By Nov. 27, USDA says the corn harvest was just 76% complete in Ohio, along with 91% in Michigan and 95% in Indiana.

In the South, USDA explains snow is falling this morning as far south as northern portions of Alabama and Mississippi. "Meanwhile, heavy showers are sweeping through the southern Mid-Atlantic region," USDA adds. On Nov. 27, USDA says the Southeastern cotton harvest ranged from 85% complete in Georgia to 93% in North Carolina and Virginia.

According to USDA's outlook, for today, a storm centered over the Ohio Valley will drift northeastward. "Snow will gradually diminish across the mid-South, but rain will change to snow and accumulate several inches by Wednesday morning across Indiana, northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan," USDA says. Snow can also be expected in the central Appalachians, while locally heavy rain will affect the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states, USDA explains. "Farther west, the passage of a strong cold front will result in markedly colder weather by Thursday from the Pacific Coast to the Plains," USDA reports. USDA adds some snow will accompany the surge of cold air. "Toward week’s end, beneficial precipitation (rain and snow) will return to the south-central U.S.," USDA says.


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