Generally favorable late-Autumn weather across the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, late-season corn and soybean harvesting continues to wind down amid a cool, dry, breezy regime. Monday morning’s low temperatures dipped to 10°F or below in portions of the upper Great Lakes region.
On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, including final winter wheat planting efforts and summer crop harvesting. On November 14, the U.S. sorghum harvest was 89% complete, while 94% of the nation’s intended winter wheat acreage had been planted. Among the Plains States, wheat planting was complete on that date in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Elsewhere, wheat planting progress ranged from 89% in Texas to 96% in Kansas. Early Monday, chilly conditions linger across the eastern Dakotas, while mild, breezy weather prevails on the High Plains.
In the South, cool air trails a cold front’s passage. Monday’s high temperatures will remain below 50°F across much of Kentucky and Tennessee. Meanwhile, rain showers are occurring early Monday in the southern Atlantic States. Warmth lingers across southern Florida, where Monday’s highs will exceed 80°F.
In the West, mild, dry weather generally favors late-autumn fieldwork. Some dense fog developed overnight into Monday, however, in the lower Columbia Valley and environs. Meanwhile in parts of southern California, an elevated wildfire threat persists due to gusty winds and low humidity levels. On November 14, the cotton harvest was 95% complete in California and 58% complete in Arizona, versus respective 5-year averages of 65 and 56%. On the same date, all intended winter wheat acreage had been planted in Idaho and Washington, while producers in Oregon had planted 96%.