Lowland flooding at hand in parts of the Corn Belt

Lowland flooding at hand in parts of the Corn Belt

In the West, very warm weather in California and the Northwest favors a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development.

Meanwhile, producers across the central and southern High Plains continue to monitor winter wheat for signs of freeze damage from a series of cold mornings, most recently on April 24.

Across the Corn Belt, extensive lowland flooding persists in several areas, including the mid-Mississippi Valley. In addition, spring flooding is developing in parts of the far upper Midwest, including the Red River Valley.

In the South, spring planting has gotten off to a slow start, especially in the Delta. For example, rice planting was 7% complete in Mississippi by April 21, compared to 79% at the same time last year and the 5-year average of 48%.

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