Fieldwork opportunities gradually closing

Fieldwork opportunities gradually closing

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are gradually closing a window of opportunity for fieldwork. Nearly one-third (32%) of the nation’s soybean acreage was harvested during the week ending October 9, paced by Iowa (49% harvested in a week; 70% overall) and Minnesota (48% in a week; 83% overall).

On the Plains, showers have returned to eastern areas, providing additional moisture for emerging winter wheat. Dry weather prevails, however, on the High Plains, where some locations missed out on much of the weekend deluge. For example, parts of eastern Colorado and western Texas remain very dry.

In the South, showers are gradually ending in the southern Atlantic States as moisture spreads northward into the Mid-Atlantic region. Meanwhile in the Delta, dry weather continues to promote a rapid fieldwork pace. Mississippi led the nation with 29% of its cotton harvested during the week ending October 9.

In the West, showers are confined to the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors a gradual return to fieldwork, in the wake of recent storminess. In California, both the cotton harvest (2% complete by October 9) and the rice harvest (22% complete) are behind schedule.

Rain will persist into Friday in parts of the Northeast, where storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches.

Meanwhile, showers will sweep across the Midwest, trailed by cooler, breezy conditions by week’s end. During the weekend, however, mild, dry weather will return to the Midwest, while mostly dry conditions will prevail across the Plains and Southwest.

Elsewhere, periodic showers will affect the northern Rockies and the Northwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in New England, southern Florida, and the western half of the U.S., while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail from the middle and lower Mississippi Valley into the Southeast. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes States will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the nation’s southern tier from California to the southern Atlantic States.

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