A slow pace to fieldwork across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, wet fields, and gusty winds are hampering fieldwork, especially across northern and eastern portions of the region. On October 9 in Ohio, the soybean harvest was 3% complete, compared to the 5-year average of 38%. Similarly, only 5% of Ohio’s winter wheat had been planted, compared to the 5-year average of 41%.

On the Plains, cool conditions across the northern half of the Plains contrast with warm weather in Oklahoma and Texas. The southern Plains’ warmth, along with recent topsoil moisture improvements, favors wheat emergence. On October 9, only 7% of Texas’ winter wheat had emerged, compared to the 5-year average of 35%.

In the South, warm, dry weather favors a return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall. A few showers linger, however, in the southern Mid-Atlantic region.

In the West, warm, dry weather prevails, except for near-normal temperatures and isolated showers across the region’s northern tier. The cotton harvest is running slightly behind schedule in California and Arizona.

Looking ahead, during the early to middle portion of next week, another storm system—trailed by sharply colder air east of the Rockies—will produce widespread showers from the Midwest into the East. Most of the remainder of the U.S., especially from California to the lower Mississippi Valley, will remain dry into next week.

The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures in the Northeast and much of the West, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail from the Gulf Coast, northward into the Midwest. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation in the East and Pacific Northwest will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the Intermountain West and the Plains eastward to the Mississippi Valley.

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