Summer-like weather continues across much of the Heartland...
On the Plains, unseasonably warm, dry weather continues to favor summer crop maturation and harvesting as well as winter wheat planting and emergence. However, rain will be needed soon across parts of the central and southern Plains to promote proper winter wheat establishment.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is favoring corn and soybean harvest activities. In the eastern Corn Belt, winter wheat planting is accelerating although soil moisture remains limited for establishment.
In the South, rain is needed for fall-sown crops from the Delta into the Tennessee Valley. Meanwhile in the southern Mid-Atlantic States, dry, warmer weather is favorable for open-boll cotton and other unharvested summer crops.
In the West, isolated showers are causing minor delays to Northwestern winter wheat planting.