USDA: Northern Plains' Winter Wheat Would Benefit from Late-Season Warmth

November 10, 2011 02:21 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the upper Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cold, dry weather prevails. "Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by Nov. 6," USDA adds. In addition, USDA reports the corn harvest was just 34% complete in Ohio and 53% complete in Michigan.

In the West, dry weather prevails, despite widespread cloudiness, according to USDA. "Mild weather has returned to the northern Rockies and the West Coast states in advance of an approaching Pacific storm system," USDA explains. In California, USDA says fieldwork includes harvesting of cotton (65% complete on Nov. 6) and rice (90% complete).

On the Plains, USDA says chilly conditions prevail this morning, with some sub-15°F readings reported in parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas. "However, the cold air is starting to erode, with mild air overspreading Montana," USDA adds. The northern Plains' winter wheat would benefit from late-season warmth to promote further growth, USDA reports.

"In the South, isolated showers are causing only minor fieldwork delays, although cooler air is arriving," USDA says. Fieldwork includes winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting, USDA adds.

USDA's outlook for today says significant precipitation (1 to 2 inches) will be confined to New England, although snow showers will linger across the Great Lakes region. "During the weekend, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West," USDA reports. "Some of the heaviest precipitation (1 to 3 inches) will fall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, although showers may also affect coastal California and parts of Arizona. Meanwhile,warmth will gradually expand from the nation’s mid-section to the East Coast," USDA continues. By early next week, USDA says locally heavy precipitation will develop from Texas into the Ohio Valley.


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