Topsoil moisture still very short in the wake of recent rains
Across the Corn Belt, topsoil moisture was rated mostly very short to short in Missouri (99% very short to short), Nebraska (96%), Illinois (95%), and Iowa (91%).
On the Plains, topsoil moisture remains at critically low levels across most of the region—with very short to short ratings dominating in Oklahoma (98% very short to short), Kansas (96%), and Nebraska (96%).
In the South, recent showers and thunderstorms have maintained generally favorable conditions for pastures and immature summer crops. However, parts of the Mid-South—including Arkansas—remain in need of more rain.
In the West, an active monsoon circulation is resulting in drought-easing rainfall in parts of Arizona and New Mexico. In the Northwest, small grain harvesting is advancing but wildfire development remains a threat.