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Warm Temperatures Accelerate Winter Grain Development

12 March 2012
National Agricultural Statistics Service

US - February warmth was especially prevalent across the eastern half of the nation, where pastures and winter grains exhibited earlier-than-normal spring development.

Weather conditions provided producers in many States plenty of time to prepare farm equipment and fields for spring planting.

Mid-month, cultivation was underway in corn and sorghum fields throughout Texas, while cotton growers were pre-watering fields and laying rows. In California, rice fields were drained, and fertilizers and herbicides were applied before cotton and corn planting began.

A late-month storm system dumped beneficial rainfall on much of drought-stressed northern Florida. The moisture improved planting conditions, but limited fieldwork activities.

Sugarcane producers in Florida and Texas continued to harvest their 2011 crop throughout the month.

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March 2012

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