Active weather last week maintained adequate to abundant moisture reserves for pastures and summer crops across the South, East, and lower Midwest.
According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this along with near- or below-normal temperatures favored summer crops entering or progressing through reproduction.
By contrast, serious drought and wildfire concerns persisted in the Far West and across the nation’s northern tier as far east as the upper Midwest, where the heat amplified the negative impact on rangeland, pastures, and a variety of crops.
Interaction between the monsoon circulation and a cold front did deliver scattered to widespread showers across the Plains and Southwest, but rainfall amounts were highly variable.
On the central and southern Plains, moisture availability remained generally favorable for summer crops; in the Southwest, showers provided limited drought relief.
For the full USDA report for July 20, click here.