Warmer, drier weather settles across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors corn and soybean planting, except in some of the wettest areas. In those wet spots, largely stretching from Missouri to Indiana, producers continue to grapple with issues such as whether or not to replant corn.

On the Plains, warm, humid weather prevails in advance of an approaching cold front. However, showers and thunderstorms are developing across the northern Plains—especially the Dakotas—trailed by a push of cooler air into Montana.

In the South, warm, dry weather is ideal for fieldwork and crop development, except in areas—such as southern Georgia and Florida’s peninsula—where drought is boosting irrigation demands or stressing crops and pastures. In contrast, dry weather in the mid-South is allowing producers to assess the effects of recent flooding.

In the West, cool weather is slowing crop development. In addition, winds are increasing across the Southwest in conjunction with a developing storm system.

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