The Weather Front On-Line
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).
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers extend southward from the Great Lakes region. Currently, some of the heaviest rain is falling across southern Missouri, where some flash flooding is occurring. Midwestern temperatures remain highly favorable for corn and soybeans.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. In addition, current conditions are helping to ease the effects of lingering wetness across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Sunny weather favors late-season winter wheat harvest efforts in the lower Midwest, and a rapid pace of corn and soybean development throughout the Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are rolling across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather in advance of a cold front favors rapid summer crop development. On July 26, the Midwestern winter wheat harvest was nearly complete except in Michigan (49% harvested) and Ohio (81%).
Across the Corn Belt, spotty showers dot southern and western corn and soybean production areas. The Corn Belt remains free of drought, although excessive wetness is a lingering concern in parts of the lower Midwest. Despite hot, humid weather, Monday’s temperatures will remain below 95°—limiting stress on reproductive crops.
Across the Corn Belt, early Friday morning thunderstorms are traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin, with rain expected later Friday in Iowa. Elsewhere, mild, sunny weather favors development of corn and soybeans, while supporting harvesting of soft red winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors reproductive summer crops. However, heat is developing across western-most portions of the region, but temperatures in primary production areas remain below normal.