USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, near- to below-normal temperatures accompany widely scattered showers. The mild weather and mostly favorable soil moisture reserves are benefiting reproductive to filling corn and soybeans.
In the South, hot, humid weather lingers across the southern Atlantic States. In contrast, a disturbance moving across the Tennessee Valley is helping to focus significant rainfall. Cooler but humid conditions accompany the rain, which is benefiting pastures and summer crops, USDA states.
On the Plains, USDA says showers and thunderstorms dot areas from Kansas northward, aiding pastures and immature summer crops. Meanwhile, hot weather is returning to the southern High Plains, where today’s temperatures could approach 100°F. On July 24, Texas led the U.S. with 17% of its cotton rated very poor to poor, USDA notes.
In the West, hot, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development, USDA observes. California’s rice was 26% headed by July 24, well ahead of the 5-year average of 11%. However, hot, dry conditions, along with gusty winds and low humidity levels, are also leading to an enhanced risk of wildfires in parts of the Intermountain West, USDA states.
In its outlook, USDA says a disturbance crossing the Tennessee Valley will drift northeastward, helping to produce as much as 2 to 4 inches of additional rainfall from the northern Mississippi Delta to southern New England. However, hot, mostly dry conditions will persist across the lower Southeast. Meanwhile, scattered showers will dot the Plains and Midwest, with a few locations receiving more than an inch of rain. Isolated showers will also occur in the Southwest, but hot, dry weather will prevail from the Pacific Coast States into the Northwest. During the weekend, heat will return to the High Plains. By early next week, hot weather will encompass the remainder of the nation’s mid-section, USDA states.