USDA: Producers Monitor Effects of the Sept. 15 Freeze

September 16, 2011 08:51 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild weather is returning to Montana, but chilly conditions linger farther south. "Scattered showers continue across the southern Plains, but much more rain is needed to revive pastures and rangeland," USDA reports. In addition, USDA says producers on the southern Plains are still awaiting more moisture before widespread planting of winter wheat can begin.

In the West, cool weather prevails. "Nevertheless, early-autumn fieldwork—such as Northwestern winter wheat planting—is ongoing in most areas, although scattered showers dot the Intermountain West," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cloudiness increased overnight, helping to prevent a second freeze. "Nevertheless, scattered frost was noted in the Great Lakes region, particularly across Wisconsin and Michigan," USDA says, Producers continue to monitor the effects of the September 15 freeze on immature corn and soybeans in Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas, northern Iowa, and west-central Wisconsin, USDA reports. "A few rain showers are affecting the western Corn Belt," USDA says.

In the South, cool, mostly dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting. "Thunderstorms linger in the coastal Carolinas, while a few showers are developing in Arkansas," USDA reports.

USDA's Outlook says cool weather will linger through the weekend across the eastern U.S., although the threat of additional frost will be confined to the interior Northeast. "By early next week, warmth will temporarily cover much of the U.S.," USDA reports. However, chilly weather—but not as cold as the September 14-16 cold snap—will return to the Midwest by the middle of next week, USDA explains. "Meanwhile, a series of weak, fast-moving disturbances will result in scattered showers across much of the country," USDA says During the next five days, precipitation totals in excess of an inch may occur in the Great Lakes region, the Pacific Northwest, and from the southeastern Plains into the Mid-South, USDA adds.


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