USDA: Mild, Dry Weather Across the Plains

November 14, 2013 02:39 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mostly dry weather accompanies mild conditions. "On the southern Plains, the peanut harvest is nearing completion, while harvest activities are ongoing for cotton and sorghum," USDA details. In the Dakotas, the delayed sunflower harvest is proceeding, it continues. "Hard red winter wheat had mostly emerged by Nov. 10, with the portion of the crop rated good to excellent ranging from 43% in Texas to 73% in South Dakota," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA reports mild, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork. "Cloudiness is increasing across the Northwest, where winter wheat remains mostly in good to excellent condition," USDA details.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild air is replacing the coldest air of the season. "Dry weather favors fieldwork, including late-season corn harvesting," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports freeze warnings are in effect early today from the lower Mississippi Valley into Georgia and northernmost Florida. "However, dry weather is promoting winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting," USDA explains. On Nov. 10 in North Carolina, winter wheat was 53% planted, while harvesting was 98% complete for peanuts, 44% complete for cotton, and 29% complete for soybeans, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says a high-pressure system currently centered over the Southeast will drift offshore later today, allowing warmer, more humid conditions to develop east of the Rockies. "Showers will affect the southern and middle Atlantic states on Nov. 15-16, followed by a more expansive area of Midwestern rain beginning on Nov. 16," USDA reports. Late in the weekend and early next week, widespread showers will sweep across the eastern U.S., while some snow may fall in the upper Great Lakes region, USDA explains. Sharply colder air will trail the precipitation into the Midwest and Northeast, USDA continues. "Elsewhere, cooler air will overspread the West, accompanied by rain and snow showers in many locations," USDA adds.


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