USDA: Heat to Build in the Midwest and Plains at Week's End

June 19, 2013 03:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season soybean planting. Cool weather lingers across the eastern Corn Belt, but beneficial warmth is promoting crop development in the upper Midwest, USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says an enhanced wildfire risk persists in the Four Corners states, where hot weather prevails. "In contrast, markedly cooler air is overspreading California, the Great Basin, and the Northwest. Beneficial showers accompany the cooler conditions across the interior Northwest," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to provide local drought relief in a few areas, including Texas’ northern panhandle and western sections of Oklahoma and Kansas. "Meanwhile on the northern Plains, warm weather is promoting final planting efforts, as well as crop emergence and growth," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports isolated rain showers are occurring from the central Gulf Coast region to the southern Atlantic Coast. "In many areas, however, fieldwork is advancing," USDA adds. Several states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina, still had more than one-third of their soybeans left to plant by June 16, according to USDA. In addition, USDA says cotton planting is not quite complete in states such as Georgia and South Carolina, while a little bit of peanut planting remains to be done in Alabama and Florida.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next five days, shower activity (locally 1 to 3 inches) will be concentrated in the lower Southeast and across the nation’s northern tier. "Little or no rain can be expected across the southern half of the U.S., except from the central Gulf Coast to the southern Atlantic Coast," USDA explains. Toward week’s end, USDA says heat will build across the central and southern Plains, Midwest and Northeast. "During the weekend and early next week, temperatures near 100°F will be common on the central and southern Plains, and readings above 90°F can be expected in parts of the Corn Belt and Mid-Atlantic States," USDA elaborates.

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