Across the Corn Belt, recent dry and unusually warm weather continues to favor fieldwork, including early-season corn planting.

On the Plains, recent and ongoing precipitation is slowing fieldwork but benefiting pastures and winter wheat.

In the South, mild, dry weather of late is ideal for fieldwork, although recently-planted summer crops will need rain soon to promote germination and development.

In the West, temperatures are slowly moderating. Northwestern producers continue to monitor the effects of recent cold weather on fruit tree blooms and other temperature-sensitive crops.

The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for drier-than-normal conditions in the northeastern quarter of the nation, while near- to above-normal precipitation prevails elsewhere. Above-normal temperatures over the Corn Belt and northern Plains will contrast with colder-than-normal weather across the West.

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