The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors a limited return to corn planting and other spring fieldwork, as conditions permit. Some of the best opportunities for fieldwork are occurring in the southern Corn Belt, which has received only light rain in recent days.
Across the Corn Belt, warm weather from Illinois to Ohio contrast with chilly conditions farther north and west. In addition, significant rain is preventing fieldwork across the northern Corn Belt, including Michigan. Showers and thunderstorms are also developing across the middle Mississippi Valley, in the vicinity of a cold front.
Across the Corn Belt, significant rain is occurring across the upper Midwest. By April 16, corn planting had not yet begun in just five major production states: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. Elsewhere, Midwestern corn planting was slightly behind schedule, with progress ranging from 1% complete in Minnesota to 17% in Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, showery weather lingers across the middle Mississippi Valley, maintaining a slow fieldwork pace. Fieldwork also remains on hold in many other parts of the Midwest due to weekend rains. In addition, much colder air is arriving across the northern tier of the Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is replacing previously cool conditions, although a few rain showers are developing in the middle Mississippi Valley and environs. Fieldwork remains sluggish across large sections of the central and eastern Corn Belt in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.
Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling in the Great Lakes region, further slowing spring fieldwork in Michigan and parts of neighboring states. Michigan’s sugarbeet planting had not yet begun by April 9, compared to the 5-year average of 18%.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Corn planting is underway in the southern Corn Belt—5% complete in Missouri and 1% in Illinois—but is slightly behind schedule due to residual wetness from recent rainfall.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are developing in the Great Lakes States. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt favors pre-planting fieldwork. Planting activities are just getting underway across the region’s southern tier, where 1% of Missouri’s intended corn acreage had been planted by April 2.
Across the Corn Belt, a storm system centered over the lower Great Lakes is producing rain, snow, and gusty winds. Soil moisture supplies are favorable to even excess in most areas, though short-term dryness lingers in the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, sunny skies and moderating temperatures are promoting winter wheat development on the heels of recent soaking rainfall.