The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are rolling across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather in advance of a cold front favors rapid summer crop development. On July 26, the Midwestern winter wheat harvest was nearly complete except in Michigan (49% harvested) and Ohio (81%).
Across the Corn Belt, spotty showers dot southern and western corn and soybean production areas. The Corn Belt remains free of drought, although excessive wetness is a lingering concern in parts of the lower Midwest. Despite hot, humid weather, Monday’s temperatures will remain below 95°—limiting stress on reproductive crops.
Across the Corn Belt, early Friday morning thunderstorms are traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin, with rain expected later Friday in Iowa. Elsewhere, mild, sunny weather favors development of corn and soybeans, while supporting harvesting of soft red winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors reproductive summer crops. However, heat is developing across western-most portions of the region, but temperatures in primary production areas remain below normal.
Across the Corn Belt, a large convective complex produced heavy rain in Iowa and parts of neighboring states. The rain is falling mainly northwest of the wettest Midwestern areas, which stretch from Missouri to Ohio.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is overspreading the Great Lakes region. However, hot, humid conditions persist across the southern Corn Belt. Thunderstorms have mostly cleared out of the Midwest, although the threat of severe weather lingers in parts of the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are returning from the Mississippi Valley westward, with the heaviest rain currently affecting Missouri. On June 28, Missouri’s topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus, while planting for both soybeans and sorghum was just 62% complete.
Across the Corn Belt, showery weather continues to plague central and eastern portions of the region. On June 28, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Indiana (66%), Illinois (63%), Ohio (61%), and Missouri (60%). In Missouri, 62% of the soybeans had been planted by June 28, compared to the 5-year average of 94%.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors rapid corn and soybean development across the upper Midwest. In contrast, cool, showery weather is maintaining unfavorably wet conditions in much of the eastern Corn Belt.