Brownfield Ag Weather Today

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Across the Corn Belt, in late March, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half surplus in several states, including Ohio (72% surplus), Illinois (56%), Missouri (56%), Indiana (53%), and Michigan (50%). On the Plains, frigid weather is engulfing Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by periods of snow. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails across the southeastern areas of the Plains, favoring winter wheat development and spring planting preparations. In the South, much of Florida continues to slip into drought, despite some recent rain. Tampa, Florida, ended March with only a trace of rain, 3.03 inches below the monthly normal value. Dryness also remains a concern along and near the Gulf Coast, but some interior sections of the South are unfavorably wet. In late March, for example, topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus in Tennessee. Currently, most of the South is experiencing cool, dry weather. In the West, cool weather and scattered rain and snow showers persist from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the Southwest is promoting fieldwork and crop developmentā€”but is also causing some premature melting of high-elevation snowpack.

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