USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Tuesday - June 25, 2019 [Media]

<font face="verdana">USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Tuesday - June 25, 2019 [Media]<br></font><br><div align="center"><img src=""><br></div><font face="verdana"><br>-- In the West, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork.&nbsp; However, cool weather prevails in the Pacific Coast States and the Northwest.&nbsp; Pockets of drought are limited to the Southwest and Pacific Northwest; on June 23, topsoil moisture was 65% very short to short in New Mexico, along with 50% in Oregon and 41% in Washington.<br><br>-- On the Plains, widely scattered showers accompany near- or below-normal temperatures.&nbsp; However, wet conditions continue to slow fieldwork in some areas.&nbsp; On June 23, the winter wheat harvest was 43% complete in Oklahoma and 5% complete in Kansas-more than 30 percentage points behind the respective state 5-year averages.&nbsp; Lowland flooding lingers in a few areas, including parts of eastern Kansas.<br><br>-- In the Corn Belt, favorably drier weather prevails, though a few showers are occurring west of the Mississippi River.&nbsp; By June 23, U.S. soybean planting was 85% complete, although at least one-quarter of the intended acreage had not yet been seeded in Ohio (65% planted), Missouri (66%), Michigan (69%), and Indiana (75%).<br><br>-- In the South, locally heavy showers are limited to the western Gulf Coast region.&nbsp; Elsewhere, very warm weather favors a rapid pace of crop development.&nbsp; Wetness in parts of the mid-South, including the Ozark Plateau, contrasts with a few pockets of Southeastern drought.&nbsp; In Alabama, topsoil moisture was 39% very short to short on June 23.<br><br></font><div><font face="verdana">Outlook:&nbsp; During the next few days, rainfall will be a little less organized than previously observed.&nbsp; Nevertheless, parts of the Plains, Midwest, and mid-South could receive as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain during the next 5 days.&nbsp; Periods of locally heavy showers will also occur across Florida?s peninsula and the nation?s northern tier.&nbsp; In contrast, little or no rain will fall in the Mid-Atlantic region and from California to the Intermountain West.&nbsp; Elsewhere, generally cool weather in the West will contrast with near- or above-normal temperatures across much of the central and eastern U.S.&nbsp; The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 30 - July 4 calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures and rainfall across most of the country.&nbsp; Cooler-than-normal conditions should be limited to parts of northern California and the western Gulf Coast region, while drier-than-normal weather will be confined to portions of the West, the central and southern High Plains, and the Mid-Atlantic States.<br></font></div><div><br></div><div><font face="verdana">lj</font><br><font face="verdana"></font></div>