USDA: Winter Wheat Continues to Struggle in Dry Weather Regime

November 15, 2012 02:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, winter wheat continues to struggle under a dry weather regime. "In addition, temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels," USDA adds. In South Dakota, only 43% of the wheat had emerged by Nov. 11, compared to the five-year average of 97%, according to USDA. "Wheat emergence is also languishing in Montana (63% emerged vs. the average of 90%), although the recent snow storm provided much-needed moisture in northernmost production areas," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA reports mild, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton harvesting in California.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool conditions linger in the Ohio Valley. "Elsewhere, mild, mostly dry weather favors lateseason harvest efforts," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports rain in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas is slowing fieldwork but aiding pastures and recently planted winter grains. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork, USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says during the next several days, most of the nation’s active weather will be along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 6 inches in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, while significant snow will spread as far inland as the northern Rockies," USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA says little or no precipitation will fall from the Plains to the Appalachians. "In the East, however, 1 to 2 inches of rain can be expected in the coastal Carolinas, with smaller amounts occurring in other areas from Florida to southern New England," USDA reports. Cool weather will linger into early next week in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast states, but the remainder of the U.S. will experience near- to above-normal temperatures, according to USDA.


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