USDA: Wet Fields Hampering Fieldwork in Eastern Corn Belt

November 18, 2011 02:14 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, temperatures are rebounding, following the recent cool spell. "However, wet fields continue to hamper late-season fieldwork, including corn and soybean harvesting, in parts of the eastern Corn Belt," USDA says.

In the West, USDA says cold, stormy weather is engulfing the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "Warmth prevails however, in the Four Corners states, where Arizona's cotton harvest has passed the halfway mark," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports bitterly cold air is moving into Montana, where only a portion of the winter wheat crop has a protective snow cover. "A return to mild weather on the Southern Plains is promoting cotton, peanut and sorghum harvesting activities," USDA adds.

"In the South, cool, dry weather favors winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says a large, complex storm system will produce a swath of snow across the northern Rockies, Dakotas, and upper Midwest. "However, a trailing cold front will produce little if any precipitation before stalling over the southcentral U.S. early next week, when an influx of Gulf moisture will lead to locally heavy rain from the southeastern Plains and northern Delta into the Ohio River Valley," USDA explains. Meanwhile, USDA says the coldest air of the season will briefly settle into northern portions of the Rockies and Plains, with daytime highs averaging up to 30°F below normal on Saturday. "The air mass will modify as it moves east, resulting in marginally cooler conditions in the northern Great Lakes over the weekend. South of the front, daytime highs will average more than 12°F above normal across the southern Plains and Southeast," USDA reports.


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