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Key points from the latest World Agricultural Outlook Board weekly weather update: "Wet weather continued into a second week in much of the East, providing additional drought relief. Some of the most significant rain, locally 4 in. or more, soaked parts of the Carolinas. However, only light to moderately heavy rain fell across the lower Southeast, including drought-stricken areas of southeastern Alabama, central and southern Georgia, southern South Carolina and northern and central Florida.
"Meanwhile, warm, dry weather prevailed for much of the week in the Midwest, allowing corn planting to near completion. In addition, soybean planting quickly advanced, passing the halfway mark early in the week. Toward week’s end, showers and thunderstorms boosted soil moisture in the upper Midwest. Farther west, scattered showers dotted the nation’s midsection – early in the week on the southern Plainsand late in the week on the northern Plains. All of the rain was generally beneficial for rapidly developing winter wheat and spring-sown crops.
"However, most of the rain bypassed the central Plains, where developing dryness was a concern. Short-term dryness also intensified in an area centered on the lower Ohio Valley and the northern Mississippi Delta. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather covered the West. Those conditions were especially beneficial in Californiaand the Northwest, where planting progress and crop development have been lagging the normal pace."