More rain needed in much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool conditions across the eastern half of the region. Despite last week’s showers, additional rain is needed across the southern and eastern Corn Belt to prevent further declines in crop condition. More than one-third (35%) of Missouri’s pastures are rated very poor to poor, along with 19% of the state’s corn and 14% of the soybeans.

On the Plains, scattered showers dot both northern and southern portions of the region. On the southern Plains, rain is slowing the winter wheat harvest but aiding pastures and summer crops. Rain is benefiting fall and spring-sown small grains on the northern Plains. On the central Plains, where more than half (53%) of Colorado’s rangeland and pastures are rated very poor to poor, rain is needed.

In the South, beneficial showers are heaviest from Mississippi into the Carolinas. Unfavorably dry weather has returned to the Mid-South, where nearly half (45%) of the pastures in Arkansas are rated very poor to poor.

In the West, cool air continues to spread farther inland. Showers are affecting the northern Great Basin and the Northwest, but dry, breezy conditions are maintaining the threat of additional wildfire activity in Wyoming and portions of the Four Corners States. On June 3, more than three-quarters of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition in New Mexico (82%) and Arizona (76%).

During the next several days, rainfall will be focused across the Deep South and the nation’s northern tier. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from Texas to the southern Atlantic Coast, while similar amounts will occur from the Pacific Northwest to Lake Superior. Meanwhile, little or no rain will fall through week’s end from California eastward into the central Plains, Mid-South, and lower Midwest. Chilly conditions across the East and West will contrast with warm weather in the north-central U.S.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula, along the Pacific Coast, and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern High Plains. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in much of the Gulf Coast region and parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest.

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