The Weather Front On-Line (June 2011)
Across the Corn Belt, sunny weather favors corn and soybean development. In the lower Midwest, producers are resuming soft red winter wheat harvesting. On June 26, just 16% of Indiana’s wheat had been harvested, compared to the 5-year average of 28%.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers in wake of a cold front's passage. In addition, showery conditions persist in the lower Great Lakes region. However, Midwestern corn and soybeans are faring reasonably well, except in flooded lowlands.
Across the Corn Belt, late-season soybean planting continues in eastern areas, as conditions permit. By June 19, Indiana’s soybeans were 90% planted. Meanwhile, cool, wet weather is engulfing the northern and western Corn Belt, maintaining abundant moisture reserves but halting fieldwork and causing local flooding.
Locally, a frontal boundary will push into and linger across the region for Friday and Saturday. Disturbances moving along the front will provide a periodic risk of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures are to become increasingly warmer, coupled with a rise in humidity, heading into the weekend.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable moisture levels for emerged summer crops. However, wet conditions are slowing late-season corn and soybean planting efforts.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the lower Great Lakes region into Iowa. The storms are gradually closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting efforts in the eastern Corn Belt. Much cooler air trails the cold front.