Pasture conditions across the country remained close to those recorded in September, according to USDA’s Pasture and Range Crop Condition Report for the week ending Oct. 16. Thirty-six percent of pastures were rated as poor to very poor condition, 28 percent in fair condition and 36 percent in good to very good condition.

Earlier this month, record-setting temperatures heated up what should have been a cool down period for the Midwest, East and South. However, more seasonal temperatures returned to those areas with the push of several cold fronts.

According to the report, cooler-than-average weather was reported along the PacificCoast and into the Intermountain West, while rain accumulations were significant in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. However, the rain wasn’t enough to dampen wildfires in parts of California, where the southern half of the state remains in a severe drought. The southeastern states still suffer from extreme drought conditions where water availability continues to be a concern and pasture conditions worsen.

The seasonal weather across the central plains meant winter wheat planting was slightly behind the same time last year. According to USDA, 73 percent of winter wheat acreage was planted, with planting nearly complete in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington. Emergence of the crop, at 43 percent nationally, was behind last year and normal by five and eight points, respectively.