Winter Wheat Planting Delayed on Much of the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cool, drier weather has settled over the region in the wake of recent beneficial rainfall. However, a disturbance is triggering scattered showers in the upper Midwest, although the rain is generally light.

On the Plains, widespread soil moisture shortages are delaying winter wheat planting, with severe to exceptional drought firmly entrenched from South Dakota and Wyoming into Texas. However, recent showers have improved soil moisture on the southern Plains, benefiting rangeland, pastures, and newly-planted winter grains.

In the South, dry weather is allowing the flooding in the Tennessee Valley and the central and southern Appalachians to subside. Currently, showers linger in Florida, where yesterday’s cold front has stalled, while seasonably cool conditions have settled over the remainder of the region.

In the West, late-summer heat and dryness prevail. The dry conditions are causing some producers to refrain from winter wheat planting, especially in Idaho and Oregon.

Mostly tranquil weather will prevail across the contiguous U.S. into the weekend. Cool, mostly dry weather will settle over the eastern half of the nation as a cold front clears the Atlantic Coast. However, the front will stall across southern Florida, generating additional showers and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, a series of upper air disturbances will maintain unsettled, increasingly chilly weather in the Midwest. Out west, sunny skies and above-normal temperatures will prevail from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast, with monsoon showers not expected to resume until early next week. In addition, the short-term prognosis for drought relief on the Plains is bleak, with no appreciable rainfall expected over the next 5 days.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for cooler-than-normal conditions in much of the eastern half of the U.S., while above-normal temperatures will cover most areas from the High Plains westward. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast wetter-than-normal weather in the Northeast, southern Great Basin, and Florida.
 

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