Across the Corn Belt, favorably dry weather prevails in the upper Midwest, where localized lowland flooding persists. Meanwhile in the previously dry eastern Corn Belt, recent showers slowed harvest activities but boosted soil moisture in advance of the winter wheat planting and establishment season.
On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and summer crop maturation. In addition, late-season warmth is on the northern High Plains, allowing producers to harvest spring wheat and plant winter wheat.
In the South, recently ended Southeastern showers eased drought conditions, but were a concern with respect to open-boll cotton. On September 26, bolls were open on 71 to 92% of the acreage in the Southeastern States.
In the West, record-setting warmth continues to favor fieldwork and summer crop maturation.