[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Wednesday - June 23, 2021

<font face="verdana">[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Wednesday - June 23, 2021<br></font><br><div align="center"><img src="https://download.qtmarketcenter.com/jay/USDAWxJun23.JPG"><br></div><div><font face="verdana"><br></font></div><div><font face="verdana">-- In the West, the recent heat wave has ended in most areas.&nbsp; However, above-normal temperatures linger in the Northwest, where drought-stressed dryland crops continue to suffer.&nbsp; Showers and thunderstorms have developed in a few areas, most notably in the drought-stricken Southwest.&nbsp; However, some of the thunderstorms are producing lightning without the benefit of rainfall, enhancing the threat of wildfire ignition.</font></div><font face="verdana"><br>-- On the Plains, hot, mostly dry weather prevails.&nbsp; Today's high temperatures will reach or exceed 100 deg F in several areas, mainly from western Texas to central South Dakota.&nbsp; The heat and dryness are promoting winter wheat maturation and harvesting.&nbsp; However, in areas experiencing drought-mainly across the northern Plains-rangeland, pastures, winter wheat, and summer crops continue to suffer significant impacts.&nbsp; On June 20, more than one-quarter (27%) of the U.S. spring wheat had headed, compared with the 5-year average of 18%, while 37% of the crop was rated very poor to poor.<br><br>-- In the Corn Belt, overnight showers and thunderstorms provided some beneficial moisture for corn and soybeans in Iowa and portions of neighboring states.&nbsp; However, very dry conditions persist across the far upper Midwest, including much of the Dakotas.&nbsp; In addition, hot weather prevails west of the Mississippi River, where today's high temperatures will generally range from 90 to 100 deg F.&nbsp; Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, today's highs will remain at or below 80 deg F.<br><br>-- In the South, lingering showers are mostly limited to Florida's peninsula, although thunderstorms are lurking near the Texas coast.&nbsp; Across much of the region, dry weather and near- or below-normal temperatures favor summer crop development and a variety of fieldwork activities, including cutting hay and winter wheat harvesting.<br><br></font><div><font face="verdana">Outlook:&nbsp; Starting tonight and continuing for several days, significant rainfall events will unfold across the Midwest.&nbsp; Five-day totals could reach 5 inches or more from southeastern Iowa and northern Missouri into southern Michigan and northern Indiana.&nbsp; A broader area, including the central and southern Plains and the mid-South, will also experience periodic heavy showers.&nbsp; However, the precipitation shield will have a sharp northwestern edge, with only light showers expected across the northern Plains and far upper Midwest.&nbsp; West of the Rockies, widely scattered showers are not expected to provide meaningful drought relief.&nbsp; Furthermore, building heat across the Northwest will maintain significant stress on rangeland, pastures, winter wheat, and spring-sown crops.&nbsp; Farther east, however, much of the eastern half of the country will experience near- or below-normal temperatures.&nbsp; The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 28 - July 2 calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures throughout the northern and western U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will cover an area stretching from the southern Rockies to the southern Atlantic Coast.&nbsp; Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the South, East, and lower Midwest.<br></font></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><font face="verdana">LJ</font><br><font face="verdana"></font></div>