The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A shift in weather ahead by the weekend

Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors a limited return to corn planting and other spring fieldwork, as conditions permit. Some of the best opportunities for fieldwork are occurring in the southern Corn Belt, which has received only light rain in recent days.

Rain systems to increase in the coming days

Across the Corn Belt, warm weather from Illinois to Ohio contrast with chilly conditions farther north and west. In addition, significant rain is preventing fieldwork across the northern Corn Belt, including Michigan. Showers and thunderstorms are also developing across the middle Mississippi Valley, in the vicinity of a cold front.

An active pattern set to resume across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, significant rain is occurring across the upper Midwest. By April 16, corn planting had not yet begun in just five major production states: Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas. Elsewhere, Midwestern corn planting was slightly behind schedule, with progress ranging from 1% complete in Minnesota to 17% in Missouri.

A wet pattern over the next 7-10 days

Across the Corn Belt, mild, showery weather lingers across the middle Mississippi Valley, maintaining a slow fieldwork pace. Fieldwork also remains on hold in many other parts of the Midwest due to weekend rains. In addition, much colder air is arriving across the northern tier of the Corn Belt.

Periodic wet weather to persist across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is replacing previously cool conditions, although a few rain showers are developing in the middle Mississippi Valley and environs. Fieldwork remains sluggish across large sections of the central and eastern Corn Belt in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.

Added fieldwork delays in the days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling in the Great Lakes region, further slowing spring fieldwork in Michigan and parts of neighboring states. Michigan’s sugarbeet planting had not yet begun by April 9, compared to the 5-year average of 18%.

Wet pattern benefiting Heartland drought areas

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails between storms. Spring fieldwork delays continue, however, in several states, including Michigan, where topsoil moisture was rated 61% surplus on April 9.

A brief break in the wet weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Corn planting is underway in the southern Corn Belt—5% complete in Missouri and 1% in Illinois—but is slightly behind schedule due to residual wetness from recent rainfall.

A wet pattern, at times, across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are developing in the Great Lakes States. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt favors pre-planting fieldwork. Planting activities are just getting underway across the region’s southern tier, where 1% of Missouri’s intended corn acreage had been planted by April 2.