USDA: Mid-South & Lower Midwest Expected Dry Through Week's End

June 5, 2012 03:13 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warm weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool conditions across the eastern half of the region. "Despite last week's showers, additional rain is needed across the southern and eastern Corn Belt to prevent further declines in crop condition," USDA explains. More than one-third (35%) of Missouri's pastures are rated very poor to poor, along with 19% of the state's corn and 14% of the soybeans, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool air continues to spread farther inland. "Showers are affecting the northern Great Basin and the Northwest, but dry, breezy conditions are maintaining the threat of additional wildfire activity in Wyoming and portions of the Four Corners states," USDA reports. On June 3, more than three-quarters of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition in New Mexico (82%) and Arizona (76%), USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA says scattered showers dot both northern and southern portions of the region. "On the southern Plains, rain is slowing the winter wheat harvest but aiding pastures and summer crops," USDA adds, continuing "Rain is benefiting falland spring-sown small grains on the northern Plains." On the central Plains, where more than half (53%) of Colorado's rangeland and pastures are rated very poor to poor, rain is needed, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports beneficial showers are heaviest from Mississippi into the Carolinas. "Unfavorably dry weather has returned to the Mid-South, where nearly half (45%) of the pastures in Arkansas are rated very poor to poor," USDA elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next several days, rainfall will be focused across the Deep South and the nation’s northern tier. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from Texas to the southern Atlantic Coast, while similar amounts will occur from the Pacific Northwest to Lake Superior," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA says little or no rain will fall through week’s end from California eastward into the central Plains, Mid-South, and lower Midwest. "Chilly conditions across the East and West will contrast with warm weather in the north-central U.S.," USDA reports.


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