Favorable weather continues across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. In addition, current conditions are helping to ease the effects of lingering wetness across the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, warm, dry weather prevails, aside from scattered showers in western Oklahoma and neighboring areas. Overall conditions remain mostly… Read more »

Favorable summer crop weather across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are rolling across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather in advance of a cold front favors rapid summer crop development. On July 26, the Midwestern winter wheat harvest was nearly complete except in Michigan (49% harvested) and Ohio (81%). On the Plains, thunderstorm activity… Read more »

Hot weather on much of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, spotty showers dot southern and western corn and soybean production areas. The Corn Belt remains free of drought, although excessive wetness is a lingering concern in parts of the lower Midwest. Despite hot, humid weather, Monday’s temperatures will remain below 95°—limiting stress on reproductive crops. On the Plains, hot weather prevails… Read more »

Hot weather on much of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, early Friday morning thunderstorms are traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin, with rain expected later Friday in Iowa. Elsewhere, mild, sunny weather favors development of corn and soybeans, while supporting harvesting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, hot weather (daytime highs exceeding 100°) is maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and summer… Read more »

Heat builds on the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors reproductive summer crops. However, heat is developing across western-most portions of the region, but temperatures in primary production areas remain below normal. On the Plains, developing heat is increasing stress on rangeland, pastures, and summer crops. However, cool, showery conditions are lingering in Montana, while locally heavy… Read more »

Warm & dry across the Midwestern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails. On July 19, topsoil moisture was rated 65% surplus in Ohio, along with 58% in Indiana, 47% in Missouri, and 44% in Illinois. On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are drenching northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Meanwhile, a few showers are crossing the northern Plains. Dry… Read more »

Rains return to parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, a large convective complex was producing heavy rain in Iowa and parts of neighboring states. The rain is falling mainly northwest of the wettest Midwestern areas, which stretch from Missouri to Ohio. On the Plains, showers are mostly confined to North Dakota. Cool conditions in Montana contrast with hot weather on… Read more »

Severe weather potential shifts into the upper Ohio Valley

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Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across southernmost areas, including parts of Missouri and southern Illinois. Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend. On July 5, corn was rated more than 80% good to excellent in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, but less than 50% good to excellent in Indiana and Ohio. On the Plains,… Read more »

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 »