Rain Expected for the Northern Corn Belt at Week's End

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:22 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, In the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Frost was noted this morning in mostly non-agricultural sections of Upper Michigan, northern Wisconsin, and northeastern Minnesota, USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports cooler air is arriving along the immediate Pacific Coast. "Farther inland, an early-season heat wave continues to promote fieldwork and crop development in other areas, particularly across the Great Basin and Intermountain West," USDA details. However, the hot weather is also reducing topsoil moisture, USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA says mostly dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork. "On June 5, the winter wheat harvest was just 5% complete in Oklahoma, compared to the five-year average of 31%," according to USDA. Heat continues to build across the region from the west, mainly affecting the High Plains, USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports showers linger across Florida’s peninsula. "Farther west, a few showers are developing along the southern Texas coast," USDA continues. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is ideal for fieldwork and crop development, except in an area centered on the southern Appalachians where drought has begun to stress pastures and summer crops, according to USDA. "On June 5, topsoil moisture was rated 49% very short to short in Alabama, along with 48% in Georgia," USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says showers will persist across southern Florida for the next few days, resulting in an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain. Elsewhere, USDA reports a fairly tranquil weather pattern will gradually become more active. "Five-day rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches can be expected across portions of the northern U.S., with some of the most significant rain likely on June 9-10 in the northern Corn Belt," USDA elaborates. Shower activity will also increase across the Four Corners region and environs, where some locations could receive up to an inch, USDA continues. Meanwhile, markedly cooler air will arrive in the West by week’s end, while early-season heat will temporarily shift across the northern and central Plains, southern and western Corn Belt, mid-South, and Southeast, according to USDA.

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