Dry weather continues, locally...
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors soybean planting and crop development, although pockets of unfavorable dryness exist.
On the Plains, during the 2-week period ending May 20, the portion of the Kansas wheat crop rated very poor to poor increased from 11 to 22%.
In the lower Mississippi Valley, drought is developing. During the week ending May 20, the portion of pastures in Arkansas rated in very poor to poor condition increased from 11 to 23%.
In the West, nearly half (45%) of California’s rice was planted during the week ending May 20.
The 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures from the central and southern Plains to the East Coast, with wetter-than-normal weather from the upper Midwest into the East Coast.