USDA: Light Precip Moving into Corn Belt & Plains

October 29, 2013 03:49 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork. However, light snow is developing in parts of the upper Midwest, while rain is overspreading the southwestern Corn Belt. "The soybean harvest, 77% complete nationally on Oct. 27, is nearing completion—more than 90% finished—in Minnesota and Nebraska," USDA details.

In the West, USDA says a storm centered over the Great Basin and the Intermountain region continues to produce rain and snow showers. "Despite cool conditions, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork in California and the Southwest," USDA explains. On Oct. 27, California’s cotton harvest was 70% complete, well ahead of the five-year average of 36%, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA reports cold weather across the northern half of the region contrasts with above-normal temperatures from southern Kansas to Texas. "Rain is slowing or halting fieldwork in a few areas, including the east-central Plains," USDA reports. Among the Plains states, winter wheat emergence on Oct. 27 ranged from 56% to 94% (in Texas and Nebraska, respectively), USDA details. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of the U.S. winter wheat was rated good to excellent, it adds.

In the South, USDA explains warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including cotton, peanut and soybean harvesting.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, light snow and freezing rain will affect South Dakota’s Black Hills and neighboring areas in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska. "By mid-week, snow showers will subside across the Intermountain West, while heavy rain will erupt from the eastern Plains into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys," USDA continues. Storm-total rainfall could reach 2 to 5 inches from eastern Texas into the middle Mississippi Valley, USDA details. "A broader area, from the eastern Plains to the Appalachians, could receive rainfall totaling an inch or more. Toward week’s end, the storm system responsible for the precipitation will move into eastern Canada, with a trailing cold front sweeping across the Atlantic Coast," USDA reports. Brief warmth across the Midwest, South, and East will be replaced by cooler conditions in the cold front’s wake, USDA says. Meanwhile, late-week temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels in the West, according to USDA.


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