The Weather Front On-Line

Rains confined to the southern-most Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, significant precipitation is confined to the Ohio Valley, although isolated showers dot areas west of the Mississippi River. By June 16, more than one-fifth of the soybeans had not yet been sown in Missouri (70% planted), Wisconsin (72%), and Iowa (77%).


Seasonal warmth across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, an active weather pattern prevails across southern areas. A line of thunderstorms, which earlier produced local wind and hail damage, is moving across northeastern Texas and eastern portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting efforts on the northern Plains.


New rains return to parts of the western Corn Belt

On the Plains, moderate to heavy showers continue to hamper the final stages of spring wheat planting in Montana and North Dakota. In contrast, heat and dryness are maintaining stress on crops and pastures on the southern Plains, although showers are approaching from the south in Texas and eastern New Mexico.


Heat to develop on parts of the central, southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cool, unsettled weather lingers east of the Mississippi. Recent showers have improved soil moisture in the eastern Corn Belt but maintained soggy fields in central portions of the region.


Western Corn Belt fieldwork mostly at a standstill

Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather is promoting late-spring planting across eastern portions of the region, including Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are returning to the western Corn Belt, where fieldwork remains mostly at a standstill.


Water-logged fields in the parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with lingering warmth farther east. Fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill in the western Corn Belt due to waterlogged fields and ongoing rain, while showers are slowing a previously rapid planting pace in the eastern Corn Belt.


Very wet soils in parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, most areas are experiencing a temporary reprieve from heavy rain. However, showers are affecting some of the western corn and soybean production areas. Any fieldwork that is taking place is occurring in the eastern Corn Belt, where soils are somewhat drier and very warm weather prevails.


Recurring rains to the west idle fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork. Conditions are a little more conducive to corn and soybean planting in the Ohio Valley, where warm weather prevails and showers are more isolated. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across the Mississippi Valley and spreading into the lower Great Lakes region.


Recurring rains to the west idle fieldwork

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork. Conditions are a little more conducive to corn and soybean planting in the Ohio Valley, where warm weather prevails and showers are more isolated. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across the Mississippi Valley and spreading into the lower Great Lakes region.


A slow return to fieldwork across the Midwest

On the Plains, a chilly rain is falling across the central one-third of Montana, while strong thunderstorms are pounding south-central Texas in the vicinity of the Rio Grande. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a return to above-normal temperatures on the central High Plains. Across the northern Plains, many fields remain too wet to resume summer crop planting operations.


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