The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, above-normal temperatures continue to benefit late-developing summer crops. On August 31, corn reaching the denting stage of development was 13 percentage points behind the respective 5-year state averages in Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—and 21 points behind average in North Dakota.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms are rumbling across the Ohio Valley, while a separate area of showers is crossing the upper Mississippi Valley. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall has generally benefited late-developing summer crops but has been excessive in a few areas.
Across the Corn Belt, showers are benefiting filling corn and soybeans in western and northern portions of the region. In contrast, dry, hot weather across the southern Corn Belt is hastening summer crop maturation.
Across the Corn Belt, very warm weather is building into southern corn and soybean production areas, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will exceed 90°. Elsewhere, beneficial showers dot the eastern Corn Belt, while favorably warm weather is aiding late-developing summer crops in the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are most numerous in northern production areas, from North Dakota to Wisconsin. The rain is helping to ease the effects of short-term dryness that has developed in recent weeks. Nevertheless, overall conditions remain mostly favorable for Midwestern pastures and summer crops, in part due to this summer’s absence of stressful heat.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. Conditions remain favorable for Midwestern pastures and summer crops, except in areas that have trended dry since early July and did not receive appreciable rainfall during a series of cold frontal passages from August 5-12.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers accompany a continuation of near- to below-normal temperatures. Patchy Midwestern dryness developed during July, but overall crop stress has been minimal due to a lack of heat and the ability of corn and soybeans to tap into soil moisture reserves that accumulated during a very wet June.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures remain mostly favorable for corn and soybeans. However, pockets of short-term dryness are becoming a concern in some areas, mainly across the western and southern Corn Belt. On July 27, topsoil moisture was rated 41% very short to short in Nebraska and 39% very short to short in Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather continues to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans. However, patchy dryness has developed across the Midwest during July, following near-record to record-setting June wetness.