Cold weather moderates across the Heartland
November 16, 2019 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, cold conditions persist,
although dry weather generally favors fieldwork. However, local harvest
complications include soggy soils, snow cover, and a high moisture content for
crops remaining in the field. On November 10, topsoil moisture was rated 30 to
60% surplus in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. At daybreak Friday,
snow depths included 3 inches in Rockford, Illinois, and 2 inches in Muskegon,
On the Plains, temperatures have largely rebounded
to near- or above-normal levels. Dry weather throughout the region favors
fieldwork, including final winter wheat planting efforts and harvest activities
for a variety of crops. However, dry conditions are also limiting winter wheat
establishment in an area that includes much of western Kansas, southeastern
Colorado, and the panhandle of Oklahoma.
In the South, rainy, breezy weather is occurring in
the southern Atlantic States. In other areas, including the Mississippi Delta,
cool, dry weather favors fieldwork, including cotton and soybean harvesting.
In the West, showers are spreading inland across the
Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork,
including cotton harvesting in Arizona and California. However, winter wheat
planting is behind schedule in California (40% planted on November 10, versus
the 5-year average of 51%) due to dry conditions.
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