Spotty rainfall totals exceeding 2 inches last week caused temporary corn and soybean harvest delays in the eastern Corn Belt.
But according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, warm, dry weather dominating the central and southern Plains favored summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat planting, but reduced soil moisture for wheat emergence and establishment.
Farther north, scattered showers in Montana and the Dakotas provided limited relief from protracted drought.
Locally substantial precipitation also fell in drought-affected sections of the Southwest and Intermountain West, extending northward from Arizona.
Precipitation also fell in the Pacific Northwest during the week ending Oct. 9, but several areas — including parts of California and the interior Northwest — remained mostly dry.
By contrast, widespread rain fell across the eastern one-third of the United States, except northern New England.
Persistent Southeastern rain, associated with a slow-moving disturbance that resulted in local flooding, totaled 4 to 8 inches or more in several locations from western Florida into the southern Appalachians.
For the full USDA report for Oct. 13, click here.