The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Dry weather promotes fieldwork in parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is promoting a rapid fieldwork pace, although chilly conditions in the lower Great Lakes region contrast with sudden warmth in the upper Midwest. On May 18, corn planting was at least 25 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Cold, damp weather persists in the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cold weather prevails. Rain showers accompany the chill in parts of the central Corn Belt. Freeze Warnings were in effect early Friday in parts of the upper Midwest, including the eastern Dakotas and northeastern Nebraska. Frost Advisories cover portions of Wisconsin, Lower Michigan, and western sections of Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

Cool, wet weather expands across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday in much of the Dakotas, Nebraska, western Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. However, fieldwork has been substantially delayed in the upper Midwest due to cool, wet conditions, leaving only a few fields of corn, soybeans, and spring wheat that have emerged.

More rain ahead for the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a band of rain showers—in the vicinity of a cold front—stretches southwestward from Michigan. The front separates warmth in the eastern Corn Belt from unusually cool conditions farther west. Corn and soybean planting activities continue at a rapid pace in the eastern Corn Belt.

A wet & active pattern underway across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, previously open weather for corn and soybean planting has been replaced by widespread showers and thunderstorms. Warmth lingers in the eastern Corn Belt, but sharply colder air is arriving west of the Mississippi River. Soils remain too cool and wet in much of the upper Midwest for appreciable fieldwork.

A range of fieldwork progress across the Complex

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a warm front stretch from the upper Mississippi Valley into northern Ohio. The front separates lingering cool conditions across the northern Corn Belt from warm, mostly dry weather farther south.

Anything but Spring-like across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather and soggy fields remain an impediment to widespread fieldwork. In addition, showers linger across the Great Lakes region. Conditions are somewhat drier in the southwestern Corn Belt.

Anything but Spring-like across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather and soggy fields remain an impediment to widespread fieldwork. In addition, showers linger across the Great Lakes region. Conditions are somewhat drier in the southwestern Corn Belt.

Midwestern fieldwork at a virtual standstill

Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill due to cool, showery, breezy conditions. Tuesday morning’s temperatures are below 40° in the upper Midwest, where significant rain is occurring. During the week ending April 27, producers were able to plant more than one-fifth of their intended corn acreage in Illinois (27%) and Missouri (21%).

Early-season warmth / heat on much of the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, rain is falling across large sections of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Dry weather has returned from the Mississippi Valley westward, allowing for a limited resumption of fieldwork. However, soils remain too cool for appreciable corn planting in the upper Midwest.