Warmer weather forecast for most of US cotton belt this weekend
Clouds will give way to mostly open skies in West Texas this afternoon, following light to moderate precipitation yesterday. Highs will climb into the upper 50°s and 60°s (F) today, and much warmer conditions are forecast this weekend, with above-average readings projected in the 70°s. Hence, soft soils will begin to firm. Another Arctic cold front, though, is expected to enter the region late this weekend, and highs are forecast in the 30°s and 40°s early next week, with a wintry mix possible in northern parts of the Panhandle. However, no significant precipitation is projected.
A strong cold front entered the Memphis Territory late yesterday, and crisp, clear weather rules today. Daytime highs are forecast in the 40°s and 50°s (F), which are around 15° to 20° lower than yesterday, and nighttime readings are expected to fall below freezing tonight. Freeze watches and warnings, therefore, are in effect for many locales. Warmer conditions are forecast for the Delta this weekend, and more seasonable temperatures (in the 60°s) are projected Sunday. Picking is advancing in southern and central parts of the region under open skies, while work is at a standstill in northern areas, owing to yesterday’s rain. As of November 3, harvesting in the North Delta ranged from 60 to 67 percent in Missouri and Tennessee, respectively, and warm, sunny weather is urgently needed to allow producers time to complete activities. Another Arctic blast, though, is expected to dip southward early next week, and there’s a 70 to 90 percent chance of rain forecast for the region, with a wintry mix of sleet and snow possible in northern locales.
Sunny, cooler conditions are forecast for the Southeast today, following scattered, light rain overnight. Open, warmer weather is expected this weekend, which will allow picking to resume. A strong cold front is forecast to enter the region early next week, and light to moderate precipitation is projected. Growers, therefore, are anxious to get the remaining cotton off the stalk before inclement weather arrives.
California producers are making great strides in getting the crop harvested under unseasonably warm, dry weather. Growers are cutting and shredding stalks shortly after pickers exit fields in preparation for winter. Seed cotton supplies are being transported from fields to gins, and processing plants are working at full capacity.
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