USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather and record-setting high temperatures are maintaining significant stress on hard red winter wheat. "On Nov. 18, at least one-fifth of the wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition in South Dakota (60%), Oklahoma (44%), Nebraska (40%), Colorado (40%), Texas (25%) and Kansas (24%)," USDA elaborates.
In the West, USDA reports flood warnings are in effect for much of western Oregon and southwestern Washington. "Currently, precipitation continues to fall in western Oregon and is spreading into northwestern California, but heavy rain has temporarily ended in most of Washington," USDA explains. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather continues across the Southwest, although winds are increasing, it continues.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says a few rain showers are mostly confined to the lower Great Lakes states. "Mild, dry air continues to overspread the region from west to east, promoting off-season fieldwork activities," USDA adds.
In the South, USDA reports dry weather and warmer conditions favor late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting. "On Nov. 18 in North Carolina, 65% of the winter wheat had been planted, while harvest was 78% complete for cotton and 56% complete for soybeans," USDA explains.
In its outlook, USDA says mild weather will continue to dominate the U.S. through Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Late in the week, however, cooler air will overspread the eastern half of the nation, according to USDA. "By early next week, a stronger surge of cold air will reach nearly all areas except California and the Southwest," USDA continues. During the next five days, USDA reports additional precipitation could reach 2 to 4 inches in the Pacific Northwest and 1 to 3 inches in the northern Rockies. "However, a brief lull in Northwestern storminess will occur on Thanksgiving Day," USDA adds. Elsewhere, late-week snow showers will affect the nation’s northern tier, while rain showers will break out on Nov, 22 from Texas into the middle Mississippi Valley, according to USDA.