USDA: Mild Weather on the Plains Favors Late-Season Wheat Development

November 14, 2011 02:14 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility in the Corn Belt, some light rain is falling from Iowa to Ohio. "Substantial amounts of corn and some soybeans remain in the field in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA says.

In the West, USDA reports mild, dry weather prevails in most areas during a lull between storms. "However, scattered rain and snow showers linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says a few patches of light rain and drizzle are confined to southern portions of the region. "Throughout the region, mild weather favors some late-season winter wheat development," USDA reports.

"In the South, warm, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA says.

In its outlook, USDA says during the early- to mid-week period, a plume of moisture will result in as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain from eastern Texas to the Mid-Atlantic States. "In contrast, dry weather will prevail for the remainder of the week across much of the Plains, western Corn Belt and Southwest," USDA says. Elsewhere, USDA reports significant precipitation (1 to 4 inches or more) will occur from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Meanwhile, early-week warmth across the eastern half of the U.S. will be replaced by a short-lived cold snap," USDA adds. Toward week’s end, however, temperatures will begin to rebound across the South and East, while some very cold air will arrive across the northern Plains and the West, USDA says.


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