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Showers redevelop over parts of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is replacing previously cool conditions, although a few rain showers are developing in the middle Mississippi Valley and environs. Fieldwork remains sluggish across large sections of the central and eastern Corn Belt in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.

On the Plains, weather systems are departing and entering, respectively. Showers linger across eastern portions of the central Plains as a disturbance drifts eastward, while cool, showery weather is overspreading Montana’s High Plains as a new storm approaches. Texas leads the Plains States with 40% of its winter wheat headed by April 9, followed by Oklahoma with 8%.

In the South, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development. Among major production states, Arkansas leads the nation with 65% of its winter wheat headed by April 9, compared to the 5-year average of 18%.

In the West, cool, showery weather in northern California and the Northwest continues to limit fieldwork, including planting activities. Washington’s spring wheat was just 11% planted by April 9, compared to the 5- year average of 38%. In contrast, warm, dry, breezy weather prevails in the Southwest.

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