Across the Corn Belt, some snow remains on the ground in the far upper Midwest, but drought remains a concern with respect to the winter wheat crop in parts of the eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, cool weather prevails in the wake of recent precipitation. Last week’s rain (and wet snow) was heaviest across the southern and east-central Plains; moisture in those areas was highly beneficial for previously stressed winter wheat.
In the South, in the lower Mississippi Valley and neighboring regions, rain is favorable for recently planted winter grains and previously drought-stressed pastures.
In the West, isolated rain and snow showers stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Rockies. In California, the return of warm weather favors autumn fieldwork.