Near-seasonal pattern across much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, near- or below-normal temperatures continue to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, although significant developmental delays remain a concern as the end of summer approaches. By August 11, more than one-fifth of the corn was not yet silking in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

On the Plains, temperatures have fallen to near-normal levels in Texas, accompanied by a few showers and thunderstorms. However, many rain-fed crops on the southern Plains are still in need of rain. Meanwhile, dry but unusually cool weather over the northern Plains favors small grain harvesting.

In the South, scattered showers and warm, humid conditions are maintaining generally favorable conditions for immature summer crops. Early Wednesday, some of the heaviest showers are occurring across the Deep South, in the central and eastern Gulf Coast regions.

In the West, a hot, dry weather regime is reducing topsoil moisture and increasing stress on some rangeland and pastures. However, the conditions also favor Northwestern winter and spring wheat harvesting.

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