Mild, near-idyllic fall weather covers the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and significantly above-normal temperatures remain ideal for late-season fieldwork. By November 12, only 12% of the U.S. corn acreage remained standing, along with 5% of the soybeans. In the western Corn Belt, where harvest is largely complete, topsoil moisture was rated more than one-half very short to short on the 12th in Nebraska (61%), Iowa (58%), and Missouri (53%).
On the Plains, warm, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork. By November 12, U.S. farmers had sown 93% of their intended winter wheat acreage, with planting complete or nearly so in northern production areas. Wednesday’s high temperatures should reach 70°F or higher as far north as southern South Dakota. By the 12th, topsoil moisture was rated more than one-half very short in Kansas (69%), Nebraska (61%), and Colorado (60%).
In the South, rain is easing short-term dryness across the lower Southeast. However, much of the heaviest rain, associated with a developing low-pressure system over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, remains offshore. Meanwhile, dry weather has returned across the western half of Gulf Coast region, following drought-easing rainfall.
In the West, widespread cloudiness continues to spread inland, although any shower activity is light and widely scattered. However, higher elevations of the northern Rockies are receiving some accumulating snow. Across much of the region, warm, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork. In Arizona, the cotton harvest has passed the halfway mark, reaching 51% by November 12.
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