USDA: Southern Plains Received Rains, But More Is Needed

November 22, 2011 02:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, rain has ended in most areas, although showers linger across eastern portions of Kansas and Texas. "The departing storm did not bring appreciable drought relief to major winter wheat production areas in Texas, where the crop was 91% planted and 63% emerged by November 20," USDA says. In addition, USDA reports nearly half (49%) of Texas' winter wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition, along with 62% of the state's oats.

In the West, USDA says stormy weather continues to engulf the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. "The storminess is also providing beneficial moisture for Northwestern winter grains," USDA adds. Meanwhile, late-autumn fieldwork is proceeding under mild, dry conditions in California and the Southwest, USDA says.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says rain stretches from Missouri and southern Iowa into the Ohio Valley. "Nearly one-third (31%) of Ohio's corn remained in the field on Nov. 20, along with 7% of the state's soybeans," USDA explains. In addition, 5% of Ohio's winter wheat had not yet been planted by the Nov. 20, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms are sweeping into the region. "However, late-season fieldwork—including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting—continues in the Southeast," USDA says. "Approximately one-fifth of the cotton remains in the field in Georgia (79% harvested) and Alabama (80%)," USDA continues.

According to USDA's outlook, a storm system currently centered over the Mid-South will drift northeastward, reaching the northern Atlantic Coast by mid-week. Rain will precede and accompany the storm, but snow can be expected from the Adirondacks into Maine, USDA reports. "However, dry weather will return to the eastern U.S. for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24," USDA adds. Farther west, persistent storminess will affect the Northwest, with as much as 4 to 8 inches of precipitation expected in the Pacific Northwest during the next five days, according to USDA. "Unsettled weather will develop in parts of the Southwest on Thanksgiving Day, followed by the late-week arrival of precipitation across the nation’s mid-section," USDA says.


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