On the Plains, cool weather lingers on Montana’s High Plains, where Thursday morning’s temperatures fell below 32°. Elsewhere, warm, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and rapid crop growth. One-quarter of the Kansas corn crop had emerged by April 29, compared to the 5-year average of 8%.
Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers and thunderstorms are slowing a previously torrid planting pace, but providing beneficial moisture for emerging summer crops. Midwestern warmth is promoting rapid development of winter wheat and emerged corn. In Illinois, 80% of the winter wheat had headed by April 29, compared to the 5-year average of 6%.
In the South, a plume of tropical moisture is generating rain showers from western Florida into Tennessee. Warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. Across the lower Southeast, however, drought is adversely affecting some pastures, maturing winter grains, and recently planted summer crops.
In the West, cool weather continues to slow crop emergence and development in California and the Northwest. In addition, a return of showery weather is causing renewed fieldwork delays in the Northwest.
May 3, 2012 By Greg Soulje
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