Favorable weather across the Heartland...
Across the Corn Belt, adequate to locally excessive soil moisture prevails for reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. Heat remains confined to the southern-most Corn Belt, where Friday’s high temperatures will reach the lower 90s.
On the Plains, extreme heat is maintaining significant stress on livestock and summer crops in portions of Oklahoma and Texas—although key crop areas on the southern High Plains continue to escape the worst of the heat. On the northern Plains, small grain harvest activities are advancing.
In the South, a record-setting heat wave continues. For many locations across the Mid-South, Thursday was the sixth consecutive day with highs around 100 degrees. Excessively hot weather continues to take a severe toll on pastures, animals (including broilers), and immature summer crops.