Dry areas still persist across parts of the central Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.
On the Plains, small grain harvest activities are advancing on the northern Plains, but historically dry conditions persist in much of the south-central U.S.
In the South, dry weather favors harvest activities such as corn, sorghum, and rice. In Louisiana, 88% of the corn, 82% of the sorghum, and 56% of the rice had been harvested by August 21—all ahead of the 5-year average pace.|
In the West, warm, dry weather is promoting crop development and fieldwork, including Northwestern small grain harvesting. In Washington, only 12% of the spring wheat had been harvested by August 21, compared to the 5-year average of 61%.