USDA: Winter Storm Underway in Nebraska & South Dakota

November 5, 2013 02:38 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, rain showers are encroaching from the south and west. "Nevertheless, harvest activities continue in many areas," USDA adds. "By Nov. 3, at l east 90% of the soybeans had been harvested in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio and the Dakotas," USDA reports. On the same date, the corn harvest had surpassed the halfway mark in all Midwestern states except North Dakota (47% harvested), Michigan (48%), and Wisconsin (50%), according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says precipitation is mostly confined to the southern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, courtesy of a high-pressure system centered over the northern Intermountain West," USDA reports. However, the high-pressure system is also contributing to gusty winds and low humidity across southern California, where there is an enhanced risk of wildfire activity, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says a winter storm is underway across western sections of Nebraska and South Dakota, where snow is falling. "Meanwhile, scattered rain showers are developing from central Nebraska to Texas, although unfavorable dryness persists on the southern High Plains," USDA adds. The portion of the Texas winter wheat crop rated very poor to poor stood at 20% on Nov. 3, up from 5% just two weeks ago, USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says rain is confined to the northwestern fringe of the region, including the Ozark Plateau. "Elsewhere, dry weather favors winter wheat planting and harvest ac tivities for a variety of summer crops," USDA reports. By Nov. 3 in North Carolina, winter wheat planting was 37% complete, while harvest progress included 19% for soybeans, 30% for cotton, and 94% for peanuts, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says a cold front will move eastward, reaching the Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday. Additional frontal rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches from eastern Texas to the Great Lakes region, USDA reports. Meanwhile, snow will quickly spread from Nebraska into the upper Great Lakes region, USDA adds. "Storm-total snowfall could reach 4 to 6 inches in parts of Nebraska," USDA continues. Elsewhere, periods of precipitation—heaviest from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies—will affect the nation’s northern tier, according to USDA.

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