In the West, very warm weather in California and the Northwest favors a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development.
Meanwhile, producers across the central and southern High Plains continue to monitor winter wheat for signs of freeze damage from a series of cold mornings, most recently on April 24.
Across the Corn Belt, extensive lowland flooding persists in several areas, including the mid-Mississippi Valley. In addition, spring flooding is developing in parts of the far upper Midwest, including the Red River Valley.
In the South, spring planting has gotten off to a slow start, especially in the Delta. For example, rice planting was 7% complete in Mississippi by April 21, compared to 79% at the same time last year and the 5-year average of 48%.