The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn and soybeans. Currently, showers are spreading across the upper Midwest in conjunction with a cold front’s passage.
In the Corn Belt, a cold front is sparking scattered showers along and east of a line from Michigan to southern Missouri, maintaining fieldwork delays. Cool, dry, breezy weather is spreading across the western Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, cloudy, foggy weather is curtailing most fieldwork. In addition, heavy rain is returning to the southwestern Corn Belt, including eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, causing renewed planting delays.
Across the Corn Belt, widespread rain is hampering fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture reserves. During the week ending May 8, planting activities progressed rapidly in much of the upper Midwest, with at least one-quarter of the intended corn acreage sown just during the last week in Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, dry but cool weather favors planting activities and other spring fieldwork in northern corn and soybean production areas. A Frost Advisory was in effect early Monday in parts of northern Lower Michigan. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading the southern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, warmth continues to spread across the upper Midwest, promoting an acceleration of corn and soybean planting and other spring fieldwork. Cool weather lingers, however, across the eastern Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures dipped below 40° in some locations.
Across the Corn Belt, temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in most areas west of the Mississippi River. The warmth is promoting a return to corn planting and other fieldwork across the upper Midwest. Farther east, cool, cloudy showery conditions prevail in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing evaporation rates and limiting a return to widespread fieldwork, following recent rainfall. In addition, rain is still falling across much of the eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails between storms. Producers are resuming some planting activities in drier areas of the northern Corn Belt, but most fieldwork in the wettest sections of the western Corn Belt remains stalled by soggy conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, rain has mostly ended, although fields remain too wet in many areas for planting activities. In recent days, rain has been heaviest (locally 2 to 4 inches or more) across the southern and western Corn Belt.