[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Tuesday - September 21, 2021

<div><font face="arial">[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights ? Tuesday - September 21, 2021</font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div align="center"><font face="arial"><img src="https://download.qtmarketcenter.com/jay/USDAWxSep21.JPG"></font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><div><font face="arial">?&nbsp; In the West, a freeze warning is in effect early today in much of southern Wyoming and portions of neighboring states.&nbsp; However, warmer conditions are developing across the Far West and quickly spreading eastward.&nbsp; Recent Northwestern precipitation provided only limited drought relief; much more rain and snow will be needed to sustain recovery from an historically hot, dry spring and summer.<br><br>?&nbsp; On the Plains, cool, dry weather trails a cold front?s passage, aside from lingering showers in Kansas and Nebraska.&nbsp; Dry soils remain problematic for recently planted winter wheat, which in many areas will need additional moisture to support crop establishment.&nbsp; On September 19, topsoil moisture rated very short to short ranged from 41% in Nebraska to 95% in Montana.&nbsp; Very short to short ratings increased at least 10 percentage points during the week in Oklahoma (from 60 to 72%) and Texas (from 59 to 69%), reflecting the sudden emergence of short-term drought.<br><br>?&nbsp; In the Corn Belt, widespread showers are temporarily interrupting a rapid pace of summer crop maturation, although dry weather is returning across the upper Midwest.&nbsp; By September 19, more than half (57%) of the U.S. corn was fully mature, 10 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.&nbsp; Similarly, 58% of the U.S. soybeans were dropping leaves on that date, versus the average of 48%.<br><br>?&nbsp; In the South, tropical showers in advance of a cold front extend northward from the southern Atlantic region.&nbsp; Meanwhile, the cold front is sparking showers across the mid-South, including previously dry areas on the Ozark Plateau.&nbsp; Elsewhere, hot, humid weather lingers along and near the Gulf Coast.&nbsp; On September 19, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-quarter surplus in Florida (34%), Georgia (31%), and Alabama (27%), leading to some fieldwork delays.<br><br>Outlook:&nbsp; A cold front pressing eastward will reach the Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday.&nbsp; Additional rainfall could total 2 to 5 inches in the eastern Corn Belt and 1 to 3 inches or more in portions of the Atlantic Coast States.&nbsp; Precipitation will linger through the weekend in southern Florida and New England.&nbsp; Meanwhile, dry weather will prevail in the front?s wake.&nbsp; In fact, little or no rain will fall during the next 5 days from the Pacific Coast to the Plains and upper Midwest.&nbsp; Cool weather will cover much of the Midwest and East, but summer-like warmth will return across the western and central U.S.&nbsp; The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 26 ? 30 calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures in most of the East, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in Maine and throughout the western and central U.S.&nbsp; Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in New England, the Great Basin, and parts of the Southwest.</font></div><div><font face="arial"><br></font></div><font face="arial">LJ<br></font>