USDA: Recovery Efforts Underway in Corn Belt

November 18, 2013 02:36 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, recovery efforts are underway, following Sunday’s severe weather outbreak. "Wind damage, which included dozens of tornadoes, was most significant in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan," USDA elaborates. In those four states, the amount of corn harvested by Nov. 10—a week before the outbreak—included 93% in Illinois, 85% in Indiana, 77% in Ohio, and 62% in Michigan, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says mild, dry weather prevails in advance of a Pacific storm. "The warmth favors Northwestern winter wheat growth, while dry weather is promoting Southwestern cotton harvesting and other autumn fieldwork," USDA continues.

On the Plains, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season winter wheat growth. "In addition, harvest activities continue for crops such as cotton, sorghum, and sunflowers," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says a cold front stretches from the southern Mid-Atlantic region to the central Gulf Coast. "A few showers are occurring in the vicinity of the cold front, but heavier rain is confined to the immediate Gulf Coast," USDA reports. Cooler, drier weather is arriving in the front’s wake, allowing harvest activities to resume, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, rain and high-elevation snow will arrive in the Northwest, while heavy showers will linger in the vicinity of the Gulf Coast. "The Northwestern storm will move farther inland by midweek, resulting in snow falling as far south as the Sierra Nevada and the central Rockies," USDA continues. During the second half of the week, USDA reports significant precipitation will develop in the Southwest, while locally heavy showers will erupt from the western Gulf Coast into the Ohio Valley. "Toward week’s end, a surge of very cold air will arrive across the nation’s midsection, with readings below 0°F expected in parts of the north-central U.S.," USDA continues.


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