The Weather Front On-Line (July 2018)

The Weather Front On-Line (July 2018)

Temperatures on the cool-side for mid-Summer

Across the Corn Belt, below-normal temperatures prevail in the wake of a cold front’s passage. The cool weather continues to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, although pockets of drought linger primarily across the southwestern Corn Belt.

A comfortable, mid-Summer pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, near- or below-normal temperatures favor reproductive to filling summer crops. Showers, in the vicinity of a cold front, are confined to the upper Midwest. On July 22, Missouri led the Midwest with topsoil moisture rated 77% very short to short, followed by Michigan at 68%.

Pleasant mid-Summer days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, showers are confined to easternmost corn and soybean production areas. Across the remainder of the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors rapid crop development. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. corn crop entered the silking stage of development during the 3-week period ending July 22.

Cool mid-Summer days ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. In the last several weeks, spotty dryness has adversely affected some pastures and summer crops in primarily the northeastern and southwestern Corn Belt (e.g. Michigan and Missouri, respectively), while abundant rainfall has occurred across the upper Midwest.

A cool Summertime pattern for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Showers are also sweeping across the eastern Complex, where severe thunderstorms may develop later Friday.

Cool, mid-Summer pattern ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a few showers in Missouri. In general, growing conditions remain favorable for corn and soybeans, although crops and pastures are exhibiting various degrees of drought stress Missouri and Michigan, as well as parts of neighboring states.

Cooler days ahead for parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, patchy, short-term dryness persists in several areas, including much of Michigan and a broad area centered on northern Missouri, resulting in an increase in stress on pastures and crops such as corn and soybeans. Currently, widely scattered showers are affecting the eastern half of the Corn Belt.

A favorable pattern shift ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are primarily confined to the upper Midwest. Drought continues to adversely affect some corn and soybeans in the southwestern and northeastern Corn Belt. On July 8, at least one-tenth of the corn and soybeans were rated in very poor to poor condition in Missouri (17 and 16%, respectively) and Michigan (11 and 10%, respectively).

Favorable weather pattern across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, mostly dry weather is ideal for summer crop development in areas with adequate moisture. However, topsoil moisture was rated more than one-half very short to short on July 8 in Missouri (69%) and Michigan (59%), leading to an increase in stress on reproductive corn and soybeans.