Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting a slow push toward corn and soybean maturation. Meanwhile, winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the lower Midwest, led by Michigan (4% complete on September 14).
On the Plains, a few showers continue across Texas. Meanwhile on the northern and central Plains, dry weather accompanies a rapid warming trend. The warm, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and the northern Plains’ delayed spring wheat harvest.
In the South, scattered showers linger from Texas to Florida. Across the majority of the South, however, dry weather favors a rapid pace of fieldwork, including corn, peanut, and rice harvesting.
In the West, a significant, tropical rainfall event is underway across portions of Arizona and New Mexico. Later Wednesday, Tropical Storm Odile will rapidly weaken after making its final landfall across the northwestern mainland of Mexico. Elsewhere in the West, hot, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop maturation, although an enhanced risk of wildfire activity exists in parts of California, Nevada, and Oregon.