USDA: Pockets of Drought in the Corn Belt Hindering Corn, Soybean Fill

August 29, 2011 03:22 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, pockets of drought continue to adversely affect filling corn and soybeans. "In areas with adequate moisture reserves, summer crops are approaching maturity under a favorably mild, dry weather regime," USDA adds.

In the West, scattered showers are mostly confined to the Rockies, USDA says. "Elsewhere, late-season warmth and dry conditions are promoting fieldwork and crop maturation," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says a disturbance is triggering widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. USDA continues, "Across the northern Plains, small grain harvesting is advancing with only minor delays. Meanwhile, very hot weather prevails on the drought-ravaged southern Plains, where today's high temperatures will exceed 100°F."

In the South, hot, mostly dry weather continues to stress pastures and immature summer crops, USDA reports. It continues, "A few showers are confined to southern Florida and the Mid-South, including parts of Arkansas."

In the outlook, USDA says for the remainder of the week, a series of disturbances will generate scattered showers and
thunderstorms from the northern and central Plains into the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic States. "Meanwhile, disorganized tropical moisture will overspread the drought-affected western Gulf Coast region, where five-day rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches." USDA continues. Elsewhere, flooding will gradually subside in areas affected by Hurricane Irene, USDA reports, while mostly dry weather will prevail from the West Coast to the southern High Plains.


 

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