Tranquil weather, temps vary across the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, snow showers are occurring downwind of the Great Lakes, including parts of Michigan and Ohio. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, favoring late-season harvesting. Among Midwestern States, the corn harvest had not reached the 90-percent mark by November 15 in Ohio (79% harvested), Michigan (85%), and Wisconsin (87%).
On the Plains, dry weather accompanies a warming trend, although chilly conditions linger along the Canadian border. Tuesday’s high temperatures could reach or exceed 70° as far north as western Nebraska. Pockets of drought continue to adversely affect winter wheat in some areas; on November 15, one-fifth to one-third of the crop was rated in very poor to poor condition in Colorado (32%), Texas (30%), Nebraska (24%), and Kansas (23%).
In the South, cool, dry weather prevails. Frost was reported early Tuesday as far south as central sections of Alabama and Mississippi. Due to saturated soils, some producers in the southern Atlantic States are struggling to complete autumn fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting. On November 15, topsoil moisture was rated 63% surplus in North Carolina, along with 45% in Virginia and 44% in South Carolina.
In the West, an approaching storm system is producing wet, windy weather in northwestern California and the Pacific Northwest. Warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. Cotton harvesting continues to advance in Arizona (61% complete by November 15) and California (60% complete) under favorable conditions.