Cool, wet weather impacting much of the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails, although a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. The cool conditions are slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn. On the Plains, very cool weather prevails, except for lingering warmth in parts of Texas. Showers and thunderstorms have returned to… Read more »

Rains lingers in parts of the northern, eastern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across northern and eastern sections of the region, maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork in the wake of last week’s rapid advance in corn planting. From 1995-2016, the years that at least 30% of the intended U.S. corn acreage had been planted by April 24 were 2010 (46%), 2012… Read more »

Wet pattern expanding across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails. In fact, frost and scattered freezes were noted Wednesday morning as far south as Wisconsin and Michigan. Meanwhile, wet weather has stalled fieldwork in the southwestern Corn Belt, following a quick start to the corn planting season. Isolated areas in the southern Corn Belt are recovering from Tuesday’s… Read more »

A wide-range of weather across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys, but cooler air has arrived elsewhere. Some strong thunderstorms are erupting across the southwestern Corn Belt. Among the major production states, Missouri led the nation on April 24 with 81% of its intended corn acreage planted. On the Plains, warmth lingers… Read more »

Warm, dry weather continues across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, rainy weather prevails across northernmost areas, including the far upper Midwest and portions of the Great Lakes region. Warmth covers the remainder of the Midwest. In the Ohio Valley, warm, dry conditions are promoting an acceleration of fieldwork. On the Plains, warmth lingers from Kansas southward. In contrast, unusually cool… Read more »

A slow return to fieldwork in parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather has returned, except for some lingering showers in the Ohio Valley. However, cool, cloudy weather across the eastern Corn Belt, following recent rainfall, is slowing a return to fieldwork. On the Plains, dry weather and warmer conditions are promoting rapid winter wheat development and emergence and growth of newly… Read more »

Fieldwork delays in parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork, including corn planting, has been slowed by scattered showers. Currently, most of the rain is falling in the eastern Corn Belt. Prior to the rain, on April 17, Midwestern topsoil moisture surpluses were greatest in Michigan (54% surplus) and Ohio (38%). On the Plains, dry weather has returned, except for… Read more »

Showers slowing fieldwork in parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing a previously rapid pace of fieldwork, especially in the Mississippi Valley. By April 17, Missouri led the Midwest with 58% of its intended corn acreage planted, compared to the 5-year average of 21%. On the Plains, cool weather prevails. Rain showers linger in several areas, particularly across… Read more »

More, warm, dry weather across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, rain showers are limited to western sections of the region, including the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, such as corn planting. On the Plains, rain showers continue to gradually shift eastward and northward, and currently stretch from the Dakotas to eastern sections of Oklahoma… Read more »

Near-perfect weather across the Corn Belt

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On the Plains, wet snow is blanketing portions of northern and western Montana. Meanwhile, rain showers stretch southward from the Dakotas into Kansas. However, dry weather prevails across the southern Plains in advance of an approaching storm system. Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, including early-season corn planting. However,… Read more »