The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, late-summer warmth is promoting corn and soybean maturation. By August 30, nearly one-tenth (9%) of the U.S. corn was fully mature, with Midwestern maturity ranging from 0% in Michigan and North Dakota to 21% in Illinois. Although most of the Corn Belt is experiencing dry weather, locally heavy rain occurred Tuesday morning in east-central Illinois.
Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers over western and central portions of the region are further benefiting immature corn and soybeans while easing soil moisture shortages across northeastern Iowa and environs.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell to near 40° in parts of the far upper Midwest. Temperatures and moisture conditions remain mostly favorable for filling summer crops.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Clouds and a few showers linger, however, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Continuing a summer-long trend, temperatures remain nearly ideal for Midwestern corn and soybeans.
Across the Corn Belt, several thunderstorm clusters are providing generally beneficial moisture for immature corn and soybeans. However, pockets of flash flooding are occurring in the upper Midwest. On August 16, prior to the current rain event, topsoil moisture was rated 41% very short to short in North Dakota and Wisconsin.
Across the Corn Belt, hot weather is expanding into the upper Midwest, where Friday’s high temperatures will approach 95°. Meanwhile, scattered showers dot the central Corn Belt. From March 30 – August 9, Missouri had the fewest days suitable for fieldwork (55.8 of out 133 possible days).
Across the Corn Belt, warm weather is returning to the upper Midwest, accompanied by isolated showers. Elsewhere, sunny weather favors a rapid corn and soybean development pace.
On the Plains, shower activity is limited to the Dakotas, where minor small grain harvest delays are occurring. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting crop growth but boosting irrigation demands.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and moderate temperatures favor a rapid pace of corn and soybean development. Topsoil moisture is less than 20% surplus in all Midwestern States except Missouri (32% surplus on August 9).