USDA: More Rain Needed in Southern Plains for Winter Wheat Establishment

November 1, 2011 03:25 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork. "However, winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting continue to lag the normal pace in the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio's corn harvest was just 18% complete on October 30," USDA explains.

In the West, isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Intermountain region, while colder air is overspreading the northern half of the region, USDA says. "In contrast, mild, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including cotton harvesting, in California and Arizona," USDA reports.

On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails, except for a return to cold weather from Montana to western Nebraska, USDA says. "Today's high temperatures will exceed 80°F in parts of western and southern Texas," USDA adds. Although winter wheat conditions have recently improved on the southern Plains, USDA says more rain will be needed to ensure proper crop establishment. "Pockets of unfavorable dryness have also developed elsewhere on the Plains," USDA reports.

In the South, USDA says cool weather lingers in the Atlantic Coast States, but mild air is expanding across the remainder of the region. "Sunny weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA reports.

According to USDA's outlook, later today, snow will develop in the central Rockies, while cold air will surge across the northern Plains and Northwest. "By Wednesday, rain will spread across the central Plains and into the middle Mississippi Valley, with 1- to 2-inch totals possible in the latter region," USDA reports. On Thursday and Friday, showers will shift into the Southeast, USDA says. "Meanwhile, a stronger push of cold air will arrive across the West late in the week, accompanied by widespread rain and snow showers," USDA says. During the weekend, USDA says rain and snow will reach the northern Plains and upper Midwest.


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