Largely dry, mild weather briefly covers the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, lingering showers are ending across the Great Lakes region, as a low-pressure system lifts into Canada. Most of the Midwest is experiencing mild, dry weather—ideal for corn and soybeans in areas where soil moisture is adequate. However, pockets of unfavorable dryness persist in several areas, mainly in the eastern Corn Belt, despite recent showers.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather is promoting winter wheat maturation and harvesting. On June 21, Oklahoma and Texas led the nation in winter wheat harvesting—85% complete in both states—while the harvest had not yet begun from Nebraska northward. Currently, very warm weather is returning across the northern High Plains, while near- or below-normal temperatures prevail in the remainder of the nation’s mid-section.

In the South, unsettled, showery weather extends northeastward from the western Gulf Coast region. The rain is slowing fieldwork, including the winter wheat harvest, but generally benefiting pastures and vegetative to reproductive summer crops. On June 21, Louisiana led the nation in soybeans blooming at 55%, followed by Mississippi at 40%.

In the West, a hot, dry weather pattern remains in place. Some of the most extreme heat persists in California’s Central Valley. Red Bluff, California, reported a high temperature of 110° on Tuesday; similar readings near 110° can be expected again Wednesday in the northern Sacramento Valley of California. Elsewhere, active wildfires in Arizona have collectively burned more than 375,000 acres of grass, brush, and trees.

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