USDA: Weekend Freezes Expected for Upper Midwest

October 17, 2013 05:38 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is halting fieldwork, including corn and soybean harvest activities, in parts of Illinois, Indiana and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, colder air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where fieldwork delays persist in some areas in the wake of last week’s rainy, windy weather, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports mild weather is confined to the Pacific Coast states, while chilly conditions cover the Intermountain region and the Four Corners States. "In recent weeks, emergence and development of Northwestern winter wheat has been slowed by persistently cool weather," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says unusually cool weather prevails. Freeze warnings are in effect early today across portions of the central High Plains, including southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas, USDA elaborates. Dry weather prevails throughout the region, except for a few showers in the Dakotas. However, fields remain soggy in several areas, especially in parts of Texas and the Dakotas, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports widely scattered showers are causing only minor fieldwork delays. "Warm weather prevails in the southern Atlantic States, but cooler air is arriving from the Mississippi Delta westward. are confined to areas along the southern Atlantic Coast," USDA details. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and harvesting, USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a cool weather pattern will become established across the majority of the U.S. during the next several days. "Widespread freezes can be expected during the weekend across the upper Midwest, ending the growing season in areas where season-ending freezes have not occurred," USDA explains. An exception to the cool pattern will be the Pacific Coast States and the northern Rockies, where warmer-than-normal weather will prevail, USDA continues. "During the next five days, dry weather will prevail in the West, but periods of light precipitation will occur east of the Rockies," USDA says. "The most significant precipitation can be expected in the Great Lakes region (locally 1 to 2 inches) and across the lower Southeast (locally 1 to 3 inches)," it details.


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