Summer crops benefitting from recent rains
Across the Corn Belt, planting operations, which had been slowed by early-May rainfall, are underway again in some areas. Emerged corn and soybeans continue to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements.
Meanwhile, more rain is needed in parts of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic region to help offset the effects of drought on pastures and summer crops.
In Texas, showers and thunderstorms, despite locally heavy rainfall amounts, have benefitted wheat and cotton areas.
In the Southwest, recent beneficial rainfall fell across parts of the Rio Grande Valley. Rangeland and pastures remain in terrible shape in the Southwest, with the majority of them rated in very poor to poor condition.
Here, locally, the latest 6- to 10-day outlook calls for slightly above normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall.