More rain on parts of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are slowing late-season planting efforts across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry conditions are conducive to spring fieldwork operations that until recently have been frequently delayed. On the Plains, heavy showers and thunderstorms are triggering flash flooding in parts of central and… Read more »

More rain on parts of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork continues at a rapid pace in most eastern crop production areas, although a few showers have developed in the lower Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, widespread showers and thunderstorms west of the Mississippi River are disrupting late-season planting activities. On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms continue to produce locally heavy rain and… Read more »

Scattered rains build into the western Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing fieldwork mainly along and west of a line from Wisconsin to Missouri. Fieldwork continues to progress at a rapid pace in the eastern Corn Belt. During the week ending May 22, Michigan planted nearly one-third (31%) of its intended corn acreage—reaching 65% planted overall. On the Plains,… Read more »

Rains on the Plains

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On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a stormy weather pattern that developed during the weekend. Over time, rainfall has gradually shifted eastward from the High Plains. The wet weather is slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture for winter wheat and spring-sown crops. Currently, much cooler air is overspreading Montana, accompanied by… Read more »

Drier weather continues across much of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather in the upper Midwest continues to favor soybean and late-season corn planting. Fields continue to gradually dry out in the eastern Corn Belt States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but showers are returning to parts of the southern Corn Belt, including Missouri and southern Illinois. On the Plains, mostly… Read more »

Milder, drier across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a slow warming trend. Fieldwork is progressing across the upper Midwest, which has been mostly dry in recent days, but planting delays persist in wetter sections of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, locally heavy showers are occurring in Oklahoma and Texas. In fact, rain… Read more »

Wide-range of weather across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather prevails, except for some lingering rain showers in Ohio. As a high pressure system settles across the Midwest, Frost and Freeze Advisories were in effect early Wednesday across portions of Michigan and Wisconsin. Producers in the northern Corn Belt continue to monitor emerged summer crops, especially corn,… Read more »

More Midwestern fieldwork delays

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors fieldwork across the upper Midwest. However, upper Midwestern producers also continue to monitor the effects of the May 14-15 freezes on corn and other crops. On May 15, one-sixth to one-quarter of the corn had emerged in North Dakota (22% emerged), South Dakota (17%), and Wisconsin (17%)…. Read more »

A cold Monday morning in the eastern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, freeze warnings were in effect early today across much of Ohio, with frost reported in parts of Indiana and Michigan. Monday morning’s low temperatures in Ohio included 31° in Cincinnati and 32° in Columbus—both records for May 16. Producers in freeze-affected areas are monitoring crops such as emerged corn and headed… Read more »

A warmer pattern ahead for the Heartland

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A cool weather pattern nearly nationwide will be replaced by warm conditions in California and the Northwest. Below-normal temperatures will persist, however, in other areas of the country. Late in the week, another surge of cool air will arrive in the Far West. Widespread storminess will accompany the cool weather regime. Five-day rainfall totals could… Read more »