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USDA: Rains to Erupt in the Central and Southern Plains Friday

08:20AM Oct 06, 2011

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather continues to promote corn and soybean maturation and harvesting. "In addition, soft red winter wheat planting is accelerating in the primary Midwestern production areas, which stretch from the middle Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes region," USDA says.

In the West, cool, showery weather remains an impediment to fieldwork, USDA reports. "However, precipitation is also establishing high-elevation snow packs and boosting soil moisture for Northwestern winter wheat growth," USDA reports.

On the Plains, isolated showers are developing in advance of an approaching storm system, according to USDA. "However, record-setting warmth continues on the northern Plains, particularly across the Dakotas," USDA adds. On the southern Plains, USDA reports some producers are planting winter wheat in anticipation of upcoming rainfall.

"In the South, warm, dry weather favors a variety of fieldwork activities, including early-season winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, rice, and soybean harvesting," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says a sprawling, slow-moving storm will continue to inch toward the nation’s mid-section. "Drier weather will gradually return to the West, although cool conditions will linger through the weekend," USDA explains. Beneficial precipitation will fall across the northern High Plains on Oct. 6-7, USDA says, while showers and thunderstorms will erupt on the central and southern Plains on Friday. "Rain will continue into the weekend on the central and southern Plains, where storm-total rainfall could locally reach 2 to 6 inches," USDA adds. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather will continue into next week across the eastern one-third of the U.S., except for a gradual northward expansion of locally heavy showers in the southern Atlantic states," USDA says.