The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, conditions remain mostly favorable for summer crop development, despite pockets of excessive wetness in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Currently, showers and thunderstorms are returning to an area stretching from eastern Nebraska into parts of northern and central Illinois.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, although a few thunderstorms linger in the lower Great Lakes region. Recovery efforts are underway in areas affected by Monday’s severe weather outbreak, which included damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers are slowing fieldwork but maintaining adequate to abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans. On June 14, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Missouri (55%) and Michigan (53%). Currently, some of the heaviest rain is falling from Ohio to Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler, drier air is arriving across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, a band of showers stretches from the lower Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. Pockets of lowland flooding persist across the central Corn Belt in the wake of last week’s and the most recent spell of heavy rain.
Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers are hampering final planting efforts but benefiting corn and soybeans. Cool weather in the western Corn Belt contrasts with lingering heat in the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, rain showers in portions of the Great Lakes region are disrupting fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture levels. Hot weather lingers in the Ohio Valley, where widespread Friday afternoon temperatures above 90° can be expected for the third consecutive day.
Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers and thunderstorms are bringing renewed fieldwork delays, mainly west of the Mississippi River. In Missouri, only 30% of the intended soybean acreage had been planted by June 7, compared to the 5-year average of 69%. Farther east, hot weather prevails in the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, conditions remain mostly favorable for late-season planting. However, wet weather persists in the southwestern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean planting activities remain behind schedule.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather favors soybean planting and other late-spring fieldwork. However, showers are returning to the westernmost Corn Belt, including the Dakotas and Nebraska. Significant soybean seeding delays are limited to the southwestern Corn Belt, where Missouri’s planting was just 23% complete—compared to the 5-year average of 57%—by May 31.