Across the Corn Belt, dry weather, abundant soil moisture, and near- to below-normal temperatures remain nearly ideal for corn and soybeans. On July 6, nearly one-quarter (24%) of the U.S. soybeans had begun to bloom, while 15% of the corn was Silking. Dry weather also favors soft red winter wheat harvesting.
On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable conditions for summer crops. However, overnight rainfall caused local flooding in south-central Kansas, while wet conditions continue to hamper the winter wheat harvest across portions of the central Plains.
In the South, heavy showers are developing in parts of southern Texas, while widely scattered showers dot the remainder of the region. Rain is especially beneficial in the southern Atlantic region, portions of which have trended dry in recent weeks.
In the West, hot, dry weather in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington contrasts with near- to below-normal temperatures across the southern half of the region. Widely scattered, monsoon-related showers continue to provide limited drought relief in the Great Basin and the Southwest.