Across the Heartland, much colder weather prevails. In Texas, the lingering effect of a record-setting drought remains apparent in crop conditions, with 43% of the winter wheat and 64% of the rangeland and pastures rated in very poor to poor condition on February 5, according to USDA.
Meanwhile, in the Corn Belt, seasonally colder air is continuing to build-in from the northwest.
Across the South, mild, dry weather is promoting the growth of pastures and winter grains, except where moisture levels are inadequate to support normal development. In Florida, for example, nearly two-thirds (64%) of the pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on February 5, according to USDA.
Lastly, in California’s, the state’s key watershed areas, including the Sierra Nevada, remain dry.