What are the horticultural implications of the USDA’s updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map for U.S. growers?
As the USDA tracks how Plant Hardiness Zones are slowly shifting across the country, they are also adjusting their recommendations for gardeners when it comes to perennial plants. The data is also used the by Risk Management Agency to determine crop insurance rates.
Despite fluctuating weather temperatures across the Corn Belt, producers in the region seem to be ahead of pace for this year’s harvest.
Recent dry and hot conditions sped up soybean crop maturity, causing a lot of variability in the crop. Now, a threat of frost in some areas of the U.S. threatens more damage to soybeans.