p>USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn and soybeans. "Currently, showers are spreading across the upper Midwest in conjunction with a cold front’s passage," USDA reports.
In the West, USDA explains warm, dry weather in advance of an approaching storm system is promoting fieldwork and crop development. "By May 8, planting in California was slightly ahead of the 5-year average pace for crops such as cotton (90% planted) and rice (40%)," USDA details.
On the Plains, USDA reports a band of rain associated with a strong cold front stretches across South Dakota. "Some snow is falling in the Black Hills," USDA adds. Meanwhile, dry weather favors fieldwork, including corn, cotton, sorghum, and peanut planting, across the central and southern Plains, it continues.
In the South, USDA explains fieldwork delays persist in the southern Mid-Atlantic region due to ongoing cloudy, showery weather. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development, except in areas—such as the mid-South—where pockets of excessive wetness exist in the wake of recent heavy rainfall," USDA details.
In its outlook, USDA says a freeze warning is in effect for Saturday morning in the Dakotas and parts of neighboring states, including northern Nebraska, northwestern Iowa, and western Minnesota. "Additional freezes can be expected on Sunday morning, mainly across the upper Midwest," USDA adds. By Monday morning, USDA reports freezes could affect portions of the Great Lakes region, as well as the interior Northeast and the central Appalachians. "Meanwhile, showers will linger in the Northeast through the weekend, followed by a brief period of dry weather," USDA continues. Also during the weekend, USDA reports a new storm system will arrive in the Northwest. "Weekend showers will quickly spread from the Northwest to the central and southern Rockies," USDA explains. By early next week, locally heavy rain will develop across the southern half of the Plains and spread eastward, USDA adds. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more from the central and southern Plains into the middle and lower Mississippi Valley," USDA continues.