Dry conditions in the western and central United States favored spring fieldwork, including early-season planting efforts for crops like barley, oats, and spring wheat.
But according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, drought-affected areas also dealt with a high-wind event, as well as limited soil moisture for rangeland, pastures, winter grains, and newly planted summer crops.
North Dakota led the nation on April 4 with the least amount of topsoil moisture with a rating of 92% "very short" to "short."
Elsewhere, lingering showers and thunderstorms occurred in late March in the eastern U.S. Across the interior Southeast, including the Tennessee Valley and environs, the early- to mid-week rainfall slowed fieldwork and aggravated lowland flooding.
Then late in the week, an early-April cold spell threatened blooming fruits (e.g. peaches) and other freeze-sensitive Southeastern commodities, including heading winter wheat, emerging summer crops, and nursery stock.
On April 2-3, freezes occurred as far south as Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.
For the full USDA report for April 6, click here.