Hotter-than-normal weather dominated the country last week, delivering its most serious agricultural impacts across the central and southern Plains, extending toward the Mississippi Delta.
According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the high temperatures increased stress on rangeland, pastures and a variety of summer crops, including sorghum.
Meanwhile, widespread, meaningful rainfall was scarce across the western and central United States, with significant totals largely limited to the eastern third of the country.
Even so, timely rain fell in much of the eastern Corn Belt, with beneficial showers extending into the Southeast.
For the full USDA report for July 26, click here.