Mild, dry weather continues across most of the Midwest...

Mild, dry weather continues across most of the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry, mild weather favors planting and early crop emergence. Dryness, however, is becoming an increasing concern over the Upper Midwest and eastern Ohio Valley, where soil moisture is limited for crop establishment.

On the Plains, showers continue boost soil moisture for winter wheat but slowed fieldwork across western and southern portions. Warm, mostly dry conditions in northern Plains are promoting fieldwork and crop development.

In the South, showers are easing short-term precipitation deficits in the Southeast, while dry, warm weather elsewhere is promoting corn, cotton, rice, and sorghum planting.

In the West, rain and high-elevation snow are providing a boost to reservoirs and mountain snow packs from California into Washington, although the cloudy, cool weather is slowing winter grain development.

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