The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Unsettled, showery weather continues

Across the Corn Belt, widespread rain is hampering fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture reserves. During the week ending May 8, planting activities progressed rapidly in much of the upper Midwest, with at least one-quarter of the intended corn acreage sown just during the last week in Minnesota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.

An active weather pattern this week

Across the Corn Belt, dry but cool weather favors planting activities and other spring fieldwork in northern corn and soybean production areas. A Frost Advisory was in effect early Monday in parts of northern Lower Michigan. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading the southern Corn Belt.

A wetter Corn Belt pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, warmth continues to spread across the upper Midwest, promoting an acceleration of corn and soybean planting and other spring fieldwork. Cool weather lingers, however, across the eastern Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures dipped below 40° in some locations.

A warm-up ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in most areas west of the Mississippi River. The warmth is promoting a return to corn planting and other fieldwork across the upper Midwest. Farther east, cool, cloudy showery conditions prevail in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region.

Plains warmth to gradually spread east

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing evaporation rates and limiting a return to widespread fieldwork, following recent rainfall. In addition, rain is still falling across much of the eastern Corn Belt.

Drier weather settles into the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails between storms. Producers are resuming some planting activities in drier areas of the northern Corn Belt, but most fieldwork in the wettest sections of the western Corn Belt remains stalled by soggy conditions.

Fieldwork largely at a stand still across the Corn belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain has mostly ended, although fields remain too wet in many areas for planting activities. In recent days, rain has been heaviest (locally 2 to 4 inches or more) across the southern and western Corn Belt.

More cool, wet weather for the weekend

Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails, although a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. The cool conditions are slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn.

Widespread rains to return for the weekend

Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across northern and eastern sections of the region, maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork in the wake of last week’s rapid advance in corn planting. From 1995-2016, the years that at least 30% of the intended U.S. corn acreage had been planted by April 24 were 2010 (46%), 2012 (35%), 2004 (35%), 2005 (30%), and 2016 (30%).