USDA: Late-Week Showers Confined to the Northern & Eastern Corn Belt

August 7, 2012 03:11 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, heat is temporarily building back across southern portions of the region in advance of a cold front. "In addition, unfavorably dry weather has returned, following last week's beneficial showers," USDA reports. During the week ending Aug. 5, half (50%) of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor, along with 39% of the U.S. soybeans, according to USDA. "This is the highest percentage of corn in those two categories since Aug. 21, 1988, when the value peaked at 53%," USDA elaborates. Soybeans rated very poor to poor climbed to a record, surpassing the July 1988 peak of 37%, USDA continues.

In the West, USDA says hot weather prevails, except along the Pacific Coast. Isolated showers associated with the monsoon circulation are confined to the Four Corners states. "Meanwhile, Northwestern small grain harvesting is advancing under a favorable weather regime," USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA notes hot weather prevails, despite isolated showers and thunderstorms. "Heat and limited soil moisture reserves are maintaining stress on pastures and summer crops," USDA explains. On Aug. 5, rangeland and pastures rated in very poor to poor condition ranged from 44% in North Dakota to 89% in both Kansas and Nebraska, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers continue to benefit pastures and immature summer crops. "However, parts of the Mid-South remain extremely dry," USDA adds, continuing, "For example, nearly all of the pastures are rated in very poor to poor condition in Missouri (99%) and Arkansas (86%)."

In its outlook, USDA says during the second half of the week, cool air in the wake of a cold front’s passage will result in an extended period of below-normal temperatures across the eastern Plains, the Midwest and the Northeast. "Showers and thunderstorms will precede and accompany the front, although significant Midwestern rainfall (locally 1 to 2 inches or more) will be mostly confined to the northern and eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains. Elsewhere, locally heavy showers will continue in the Southeast, while hot, mostly dry weather will prevail from the High Plains westward, according to USDA.


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