More favorable weather covers the Heartland
December 3, 2019 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, aside
from snow flurries in the Great Lakes region. However, late-season fieldwork
remains largely at a standstill due to soggy or snow-covered fields. The U.S.
corn harvest was 89% complete by December 1—the slowest harvest to this point
since 2009, when the crop was 82% harvested. However, more than one-third of
the corn remained in the field on December 1, 2019, in North Dakota (36%
harvested), Michigan (66%), and Wisconsin (66%).
On the Plains, mild weather has begun to erode an
expansive snow cover across the northern half of the region. Still, current
snow depths include 8 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and 4 inches in
Billings, Montana. Across the Dakotas, many crops remain in the field, with
little immediate hope for reaching harvest completion. On December 1, for
example, the sunflower harvest was just 51% complete in North Dakota, compared
to the 5-year average of 94%.
In the South, mild weather is returning across the
western Gulf Coast region. Meanwhile, chilly conditions linger in the
Southeast. Dry weather throughout the South favors late-autumn fieldwork,
including cotton harvesting. Nationally, the cotton harvest was 83% complete by
December 1, compared to the 5-year average of 81%.
In the West, precipitation associated with a slow-moving
storm system has largely drifted offshore, although a few showers linger across
California. Dense fog has developed in some areas, including California’s San
Joaquin Valley. Despite recent rainfall, the cotton harvest was ahead of
schedule on December 1 in California (93% complete) and Arizona (86%).
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