The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, the last several days have been favorable for crop development and final soybean planting efforts. Although much of the region remains dry, accompanied by a turn toward above-normal temperatures, strong thunderstorms are sweeping across the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather favors late-season soybean planting efforts, as well as summer crop emergence and growth. Showers and thunderstorms are just starting to overspread the far upper Midwest.
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%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.