Heavy rains across the southwestern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are returning from the Mississippi Valley westward, with the heaviest rain currently affecting Missouri. On June 28, Missouri’s topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus, while planting for both soybeans and sorghum was just 62% complete. On the Plains, cool weather in the Dakotas accompanies a few showers. Across… Read more »

Surplus soil moisture in most of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, showery weather continues to plague central and eastern portions of the region. On June 28, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Indiana (66%), Illinois (63%), Ohio (61%), and Missouri (60%). In Missouri, 62% of the soybeans had been planted by June 28, compared to the 5-year average of… Read more »

A contrast of weather across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors rapid corn and soybean development across the upper Midwest. In contrast, cool, showery weather is maintaining unfavorably wet conditions in much of the eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, hot weather in Montana favors winter wheat maturation and the rapid development of spring sown crops. Meanwhile on… Read more »

Heavy rains cross parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, numerous Flood Warnings are in effect across the middle Mississippi Valley, where another round of heavy rain fell overnight into Friday. Cool, showery weather is also occurring elsewhere in the Midwest, except across the northernmost Corn Belt. Pockets of excessive wetness are most concentrated across the southern and eastern Corn Belt,… Read more »

Rains again re-developing in parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, conditions remain mostly favorable for summer crop development, despite pockets of excessive wetness in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Currently, showers and thunderstorms are returning to an area stretching from eastern Nebraska into parts of northern and central Illinois. On June 21, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus… Read more »

Dry weather (for now) across the Corn BeltMidwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cooler, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, although a few thunderstorms linger in the lower Great Lakes region. Recovery efforts are underway in areas affected by Monday’s severe weather outbreak, which included damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. On the Plains, mostly dry weather favors crop… Read more »

Storms on the move across parts of the central Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, a thunderstorm complex with a long history of producing heavy rain, large hail, and local wind damage is moving into the upper Mississippi Valley. Across the remainder of the Midwest, warm, humid weather prevails in advance of a cold front. Pockets of lowland flooding persist in the wake of Tropical Depression… Read more »

Heavy rains in parts of the southern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, moisture from the weakening tropical depression stretches from Missouri to the Ohio Valley, and much of the region is under a threat of flooding. On the Plains, rain has ended in southern areas hit hard by the recent tropical rains, although flooding remains an issue in many areas. This is especially… Read more »

Abundant soil moisture across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers are slowing fieldwork but maintaining adequate to abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans. On June 14, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Missouri (55%) and Michigan (53%). Currently, some of the heaviest rain is falling from Ohio to Missouri. On the Plains, most areas are… Read more »

Drier weather briefly settles into parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cooler, drier air is arriving across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, a band of showers stretches from the lower Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. Pockets of lowland flooding persist across the central Corn Belt in the wake of last week’s and the most recent spell of heavy rain. On… Read more »