USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (April 20): Cool Temps Cast Chill Over Spring Planting

Concern about increasingly cool temperatures slowed planting in the heart of the Corn Belt for the week ending April 17, despite mostly dry weather.

In Goodland, KS, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, temps remained at the freezing mark or below for more than a week starting April 12, while a mid-April storm deposited snow in parts of Wyoming, western Nebraska, northeastern Colorado, and the northwestern corner of Kansas.

Some precipitation did fall around the fringes of the Midwest, including drought-affected areas of the Dakotas, locally improving topsoil moisture.

Elsewhere, generally dry weather covered the Far West, Southwest, and parts of the Southeast, favoring planting activities and other spring fieldwork.

By contrast, torrential rain (locally 4 to 8 inches or more) sparked flooding in the central Gulf Coast region.

Heavy rain (2 to 4 inches) also spread into parts of northern and central Florida.

Late in the week, a pair of slow-moving storms delivered widespread precipitation — including some late-season snow — across the central Plains and Northeast, respectively.

For the full USDA report for April 20, click here.

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