The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys, but cooler air has arrived elsewhere. Some strong thunderstorms are erupting across the southwestern Corn Belt. Among the major production states, Missouri led the nation on April 24 with 81% of its intended corn acreage planted.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, rainy weather prevails across northernmost areas, including the far upper Midwest and portions of the Great Lakes region. Warmth covers the remainder of the Midwest. In the Ohio Valley, warm, dry conditions are promoting an acceleration of fieldwork.
Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork, including corn planting, has been slowed by scattered showers. Currently, most of the rain is falling in the eastern Corn Belt. Prior to the rain, on April 17, Midwestern topsoil moisture surpluses were greatest in Michigan (54% surplus) and Ohio (38%).
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing a previously rapid pace of fieldwork, especially in the Mississippi Valley. By April 17, Missouri led the Midwest with 58% of its intended corn acreage planted, compared to the 5-year average of 21%.
Across the Corn Belt, rain showers are limited to western sections of the region, including the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, such as corn planting.
On the Plains, wet snow is blanketing portions of northern and western Montana. Meanwhile, rain showers stretch southward from the Dakotas into Kansas. However, dry weather prevails across the southern Plains in advance of an approaching storm system.
Across the Corn Belt, warmer air continues to replace previously cool conditions, especially across the upper Midwest. Conditions are starting to favor spring planting preparations and early-season corn planting. By April 10, the only Midwestern States where corn had been sown were Missouri (24% planted) and Illinois (2%).
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, except for rain and snow showers in the upper Great Lakes region. With dry weather in place and a warming trend commencing, producers are gearing up for spring planting.
Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly cloudy, breezy weather persists, accompanied by a few rain and snow showers. The winter-like weather regime continues to limit spring fieldwork, including Michigan’s sugar beet planting—not yet underway by April 3, compared to the 5-year average of 12%.