USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (6/22): Heat Across Plains Stresses Crops, Livestock

Extreme heat across the central and southern Plains, mid-South, Midwest, and interior Southeast stressed summer crops, including reproductive Southern corn, during the week ending June 18.

According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), triple-digit readings were common across the central and southern Plains, with a late-week heat surge also pushing temperatures to 100°F or higher as far north as the Dakotas.

The heat also contributed to varying degrees of livestock stress, with significant cattle mortality noted in parts of southwestern Kansas.

Elsewhere, heavy rain and melting mountain snowpack in the northern Rockies caused extensive flooding in Yellowstone National Park, with record-setting floodwaters coursing downstream along the Yellowstone River to Billings, MT.

And an unusually early onset of monsoon-related showers in portions of the Four Corners States extended northward from western New Mexico and southeastern Arizona, resulting in drought relief but triggering flash flooding, especially on recently burned hillsides.

For the full USDA report for June 22, click here.