USDA: Mild, Dry Conditions Prevail in Corn Belt

July 24, 2013 04:12 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails. "Topsoil moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans is limited in parts of the Midwest, mainly in an area centered on western and southern Iowa and northern Missouri," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports showers associated with the monsoon circulation dot the Four Corners states and the Intermountain region. "Meanwhile in the Northwest, hot, dry weather favors summer crop development and winter wheat maturation and harvesting," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA says overnight thunderstorms dumped heavy rain in a few areas, mainly across central and eastern Oklahoma. "Elsewhere, mostly dry weather favors fieldw ork and crop development, although hot conditions linger across the southern Plains," according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says overnight thunderstorms provided some drought relief in Arkansas and neighboring areas. "Among states bordering the Mississippi River and points east, Arkansas had the worst pasture conditions on July 21—just 27% good to excellent," USDA details. Among other states from the Mississippi Valley eastward, pastures rated good to excellent ranged from 48% in Mississippi to 91% in Alabama, it continues.

In its outlook, USDA says near- to below-normal temperatures will cover much of the nation during the next few days, except for lingering heat across the Deep South and the Northwest. "However, even those areas will experience cooler weather toward week’s end, while a secondary cold front will result in much-below-normal temperatures in the Corn Belt," USDA continues. "For example, weekend temperatures could fall to near 40°F in parts of the upper Midwest," USDA elaborates. For the remainder of the week, heavy precipitation will be focused across the South, USDA continues. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the central High Plains into the lower Southeast, while 1- to 2-inch totals can be expected in the Southwest, upper Midwest, and Atlantic coastal plain," USDA explains.

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