Across the Corn Belt, although most if not all fieldwork remains on hold, soil moisture levels have markedly improved in the upper Midwestern drought areas.
On the Plains, temperatures have moderated from the very low readings observed on April 10-11. Across the central and southern High Plains, producers continue to monitor winter wheat for indications of injury, following the recent freezes and those that occurred in late March.
In the South, recovery efforts are underway in areas affected by recent severe thunderstorms. Last Thursday, tornadoes struck parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and southeastern Louisiana.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nearly nationwide, with above-normal precipitation across the central High Plains and much of the eastern half of the U.S.