Across the Corn Belt, widespread lowland flooding continues from the middle Mississippi Valley into parts of the Great Lakes region. In Illinois, the Illinois River at Peoria crested on Tuesday at 11.35 feet above flood stage, edging the May 1943 high-water mark by more than 6 inches.
On the Plains, Wednesday morning, readings fell below 20° as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle, further threatening the southern Plains’ already drought- and freeze-damaged winter wheat crop. By April 21, wheat was 34% headed in Texas and 5% headed in Oklahoma. Meanwhile, wheat was 86% jointed in Oklahoma and 43% jointed in Kansas.
Throughout the West, dry weather favors fieldwork. In California, for example, 60% of the cotton and 10% of the rice was planted by April 21.