USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather remains a significant concern with respect to the hard red winter wheat crop, especially from South Dakota to Texas. "This morning's temperatures dipped below 20°F as far south as the central Plains, but readings are rebounding to above-normal levels on the northern High Plains," USDA continues.
In the West, USDA says scattered showers are spreading ashore in the Pacific Coast States, causing local fieldwork delays. "Mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere in the West, despite an increase in cloudiness," USDA adds.
In the Corn Belt, dry weather — accompanied by a gradual warming trend — favors late-season fieldwork, according to USDA. By Nov. 11, USDA says Midwestern states with greatest percentage of soybeans left to harvest were Missouri (11% in the field) and Ohio (7%).
In the South, USDA reports cool, dry weather is promoting a continuation of, or return to, fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting. "On Nov. 11 in North Carolina, wheat was 54% planted, while harvesting was 61% complete for cotton and 36% complete for soybeans," USDA elaborates.
In its outlook USDA says during the next several days, most of the nation’s active weather will be along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 10 inches in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, while significant snow will spread as far inland as the northern Rockies," USDA explains. Meanwhile, little or no precipitation will fall from the Plains to the East Coast, except for as much as 1 to 2 inches along the southern Atlantic Coast, USDA continues. "Early next week, however, a few sprinkles or showers may develop across the Midwest, South and East," USDA reports. Cool weather will linger into early next week in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast states, but the remainder of the U.S. will experience mostly above-normal temperatures, according to USDA. "The most anomalous warmth will affect the High Plains, where temperatures at times will be more than 20°F above normal," USDA explains.