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Hope for drought-struck wheat belt

Agriculture.com Staff 11/28/2011 @ 10:17am

The weekend provided need moisture in parts of the southern plains, and there is more to come, weather services reported on Monday. Locations in southeastern Kansas and much of Oklahoma received 0.25-0.75" of rainfall over the weekend, Freese-Notis Weather reported.

Rains in the forecast are starting to take the edge off the historic drought in the southern plains. Areas in southeastern Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are expected to receive another half inch of moisture or more this week.

"The drought is still present in the southern Plains and is still historic in nature, but I still believe that moisture has been good enough over a big enough part of the southern Plains over the past 60 days that a very respectable 2012 hard-red winter wheat crop can be attained if rains in the spring are good," said Craig Solberg, Freese-Notis Weather.

Rains elsewhere are stalling any remaining corn harvesting, said Don Keeney, MDA EarthSat Weather. And, the rain will turning to snow in the eastern Corn Belt by mid-week, he said.

Winter weather advisories and winter storm watches have been posted for the northern Delta. In the Midwest, rain will start to switch to snow late tonight and become heavy for tomorrow and tomorrow night, said Freese-Notis.

"By Wednesday, 6-12 inches of snow looks possible for central/northern Indiana, northwestern Ohio, and much of Michigan. That's not good news for especially Ohio where probably one-quarter of the corn crop still is left to be harvested."

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