Fieldwork Resuming in Northern Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails between storms. "Producers are resuming some planting activities in drier areas of the northern Corn Belt, but most fieldwork in the wettest sections of the western Corn Belt remains stalled by soggy conditions," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports warmth has expanded to encompass most areas, although chilly conditions linger across the central and southern Rockies. "Northwestern warmth is promoting a rapid crop development pace," USDA adds. Fourteen percent of Washington’s winter wheat crop had begun to head by May 1, compared to the five-year average of less than 1%, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA reports warm air continues to expand across Montana and the Dakotas, promoting a return to fieldwork in the wake of last week’s precipitation. "Cool weather lingers farther south, accompanied by a few sprinkles on the southern High Plains," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports dry weather has returned to areas from the Appalachians westward, while showers and thunder- storms continue in portions of the southern Atlantic states. "Parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, and eastern Texas have received excessive rainfall in recent days, leading to fieldwork delays and lowland flooding," USDA details.

In its outlook, USDA says wet weather will linger in the eastern U.S., where 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Mid-Atlantic States. Midwestern rainfall will be lighter, although some areas could receive an inch on May 3-4, USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA explains several days of dry weather on the Plains, accompanied by a warming trend, should promote an acceleration of fieldwork and crop development. "In contrast, showery weather will overspread the western U.S., starting at mid-week in the Pacific Northwest," USDA continues. Five-day precipitation totals of 1 to 3 inches or more can be expected from the Sierra Nevada to the northern Intermountain West, it elaborates. "Warmth in advance of the Western storminess could lead to snowmelt-induced river rises in the interior Northwest," USDA continues.


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