Open weather across much is the United States last week favored summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including harvest efforts and winter wheat planting.
According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than one-third (37%) of the U.S. corn was fully mature by Sept.12, while 38% of the soybeans were dropping leaves, versus respective 5-year averages of 31% and 29%.
Meanwhile, among the 13 major production states that have planted some winter wheat, all except Oregon were at or ahead of the 5-year average pace.
Rain was observed, however, in several regions, including much of the East.
Some of the heaviest rain (locally 4 inches or more) fell in northern New England, chipping away at lingering, long-term drought.
Locally heavy showers also dotted the lower Southeast, including Florida’s peninsula.
Late-week rain also briefly dampened some of the driest areas of the West, temporarily aiding wildfire containment efforts.
On Sept. 10, the heaviest rain in months — up to an inch — fell in parts of northern California and the interior Northwest.
For the full USDA report for Sept. 14, click here.