Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have fallen to near- to slightly above-normal levels, following last week’s heat wave. In addition, weekend locally heavy showers provided some much-needed moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans in an area of emerging dryness stretching from eastern Iowa into the lower Great Lakes region.
On the Plains, scattered showers provided some limited relief to drought-stricken crops in Oklahoma and southern Kansas. However, the southern Plains’ drought situation remains dire due to relentless heat and depleted subsoil moisture reserves. Meanwhile on the northern Plains, favorably warm, sunny weather is promoting winter wheat maturation and the development of spring-sown small grains.
In the South, hot, humid conditions linger, although shower activity is starting to increase in advance of an approaching weak disturbance.