Brownfield Ag Weather Today

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Across the Corn Belt, runoff from earlier rain continues to cause lowland flooding from northern and central Illinois into Michigan. Recent dam breaks in Michigan have resulted in record flooding along the Tittabawassee River in Midland; the river is more than 10 feet above flood stage in that location and continues to rise. Elsewhere, cool but dry weather west of the Mississippi River is promoting a gradual return to fieldwork. On the Plains, chronic, long-term wetness continues to hamper spring planting in eastern North Dakota and environs. In fact, North Dakota’s 2019 corn crop was just 94% harvested by May 17. In the South, flooding remains a threat, especially in southwestern Virginia and parts of the Carolinas. Farther west, on May 17, Arkansas led the region with topsoil moisture rated 45% surplus. In the West, the wildfire threat has shifted eastward, into the southern Rockies. Below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the West. In the Northwest, recent heavy showers accompanying the chilly conditions are beneficial for winter wheat and spring-sown crops. On May 17, Oregon led the Northwest with topsoil moisture rated 38% very short to short.

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