USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, lingering showers are mostly limited to the Ohio Valley. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors corn and soybeans that are entering, or moving through, reproduction," USDA continues. On July 23, about two-thirds (67%) of the U.S. corn was silking, while 29% of the soybeans were setting pods, it details.
In the West, USDA says cool, showery weather continues across parts of the Four Corners States, while intensifying heat prevails in California and the Northwest. "Several dozen Western wildfires, in various stages of containment, remain active, with the greatest concentration stretching from northern California to the northern Rockies," USDA elaborates.
On the Plains, hot weather is expanding eastward along and near the Canadian border, aggravating the effects of a punishing drought. "Among major production states, North Dakota led the U.S. on July 23 in very poor to poor ratings for barley (26%), oats (54%), and rangeland/pastures (75%)," it elaborates. Meanwhile, a cold front is edging southward across the southern Plains, accompanied by showers, USDA continues. South of the front, heat is confined to Texas, USDA details.
In the South, USDA reports locally heavy showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the northern Mississippi Delta into the southern Mid-Atlantic region. "Meanwhile, warm, humid weather across the Deep South continues to promote a rapid crop development pace," USDA elaborates.
In its five-day outlook, USDA says during the next few days, a frontal boundary will remain the focus for locally heavy rain. "A low-pressure system along the front will spark heavy rainfall (locally 2 to 5 inches or more) and possible flooding in the central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic region, while the interaction between the front and the monsoon circulation could lead to downpours (1 to 4 inches) and flash flooding in the central and southern Rockies and adjacent High Plains," USDA continues. In contrast, hot, mostly dry weather can be expected in the Pacific Coast States, the lower Rio Grande Valley, and across the northern Rockies and northern High Plains, USDA reports.