USDA: Scattered Showers Limiting Fieldwork in the Corn Belt

October 12, 2011 03:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, scattered showers are gradually closing a window of opportunity for fieldwork. "More than one-half (51%) of the nation's soybean acreage was harvested during the week ending Oct. 9, paced by Iowa (49% harvested in a week; 70% overall) and Minnesota (48% in a week; 83% overall)," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says showers are confined to the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors a gradual return to fieldwork, in the wake of recent storminess," USDA reports. In California, USDA says both the cotton harvest (2% complete by October 9) and the rice harvest (22% complete) are behind schedule.

On the Plains, USDA says showers have returned to eastern areas, providing additional moisture for emerging winter wheat. "Dry weather prevails, however, on the High Plains, where some locations missed out on much of the weekend deluge. For example, parts of eastern Colorado and western Texas remain very dry," USDA explains.

In the South, showers are gradually ending in the southern Atlantic states as moisture spreads northward into the mid-Atlantic region, USDA says. "Meanwhile in the Delta, dry weather continues to promote a rapid fieldwork pace," USDA adds. "Mississippi led the nation with 29% of its cotton harvested during the week ending Oct. 9," USDA says.

In its outlook, USDA says rain will persist into Friday in parts of the Northeast, where storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches. "Meanwhile, showers will sweep across the Midwest, trailed by cooler, breezy conditions by week’s end," USDA reports. During the weekend, however, USDA says mild, dry weather will return to the Midwest, while mostly dry conditions will prevail across the Plains and Southwest. "Elsewhere, periodic showers will affect the northern Rockies and the Northwest," USDA reports.


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