Across the Corn Belt, recent rain improved soil moisture and easing drought in western crop areas, while another spell of dry, warm weather in the Ohio Valley promoted fieldwork and early summer crop establishment.
On the Plains, recent showers benefitted Montana’s winter wheat.In the South, severe drought continues to adversely impact winter grains, pastures, and summer crops across portions of the Southeast.
In the West, cool, wet weather continues across northern portions of the region, slowing winter wheat development but further improving soil moisture and spring run-off prospects. In contrast, increasing warmth and dryness across the Southwest are maintaining drought concerns, particularly in the Four Corners Region.
The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for warmer- and drier-than-normal weather across much of the contiguous U.S.