USDA: Heat Wave Expected for High Plains & Corn Belt This Weekend

June 6, 2012 03:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season soybean planting. "However, topsoil moisture shortages remain a concern with respect to pastures and summer crops in many states," USDA explains. On June 3, at least 40% of the topsoil moisture was categorized as very short to short in Missouri (82%), Indiana (56%), Illinois (54%), Nebraska (50%), Iowa (46%), and Ohio (45%), according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says freeze warnings are in effect this morning across the northern Great Basin and portions of the northern Intermountain region. "Some snow is falling in the northern Rockies," USDA adds. "Elsewhere in the West, cool conditions are slowing crop development, although dry weather favors fieldwork," USDA elaborates.

On the Plains, USDA says isolated showers and thunderstorms are benefiting summer crops and immature winter wheat. "Some of the most significant rain is falling on the southern High Plains, where gradual recovery from last year's historic drought continues," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA reports precipitation is mainly confined to the southern Atlantic states, where recent and ongoing rains have eased or eradicated drought. "Farther west, rain is still needed in the Mid-South," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next five days, rainfall will be focused in two primary regions. "Rainfall could total 1 to 4 inches, with locally higher amounts, from the southern Plains into the lower Southeast," according to USDA. Meanwhile, USDA says precipitation totals of 1 to 2 inches may occur across the nation’s northern tier, primarily from the Pacific Northwest into the north-central U.S. "In contrast, little or no rain will fall through week’s end in the Southwest and much of the Midwest," USDA explains. During the weekend, USDA says a short-lived heat wave will begin to affect areas from the High Plains into the Midwest.


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