Little or no precipitation fell last week from the Pacific Coast to the Plains.
During the week ending Sept. 25, the weather in those areas favored summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topsoil moisture in many key wheat production areas, however, remained insufficient for even germination and proper autumn establishment.
Agricultural drought impacts were amplified in areas — primarily along and northwest of a line from California to the Dakotas — where rangeland and pastures have not recovered from a hot, dry summer and surface water supplies largely remain limited.
Farther south, short-term drought impacts have become more apparent in recent weeks, especially in Texas and Oklahoma.
Earlier in the week, locally heavy showers lingered in the Southeast, even after the remnants of Hurricane Nicholas decayed Sept. 17 over northern Louisiana.
Eventually, the tropical moisture was swept away by a cold front, which was also responsible for heavy rain from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast.
For the full USDA report for Sept. 28, click click here.