Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal.
Corn was maturing at a fast rate given the dry weather. The crop was rated 93 percent dented, compared to a five-year average of 82 percent. Forty-six percent of the crop was rated mature as compared to a five-year average of 41 percent. Five percent of the crop was harvested.
Across the Corn Belt, a spell of warm, dry weather is nearly ideal for corn and soybean maturation and early-season harvest activities.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather and scattered showers linger in the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys. In contrast, warm, dry weather across the upper Midwest favors corn and soybean maturation.
In the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across eastern areas. Cool conditions persist across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, but warm, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation in the upper Midwest.
A broad area of high pressure will continue to provide pleasant conditions through mid- this week. Lot’s of sunshine is expected, although some cloudiness from the remnants of “Lee” may affect areas to the south and east. A fresh breeze will also prevail from the north, increasing to 15 to 25 mph during the mid-day and afternoon hours.
Across the Corn Belt, the season’s first significant cold front is crossing the upper Midwest, preceded and accompanied by locally heavy showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, hot, dry weather is maintaining stress on filling corn and soybeans across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers are ending across eastern portions of the region. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall is benefiting pastures and filling summer crops, but largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms west of the Mississippi River are providing beneficial moisture for filling corn and soybeans. Pockets of drought persist, however, across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, pockets of dryness continue to stress some Midwestern summer crops. In areas with adequate soil moisture reserves, corn and soybeans are filling under favorably warm, dry conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.
On the Plains, small grain harvest activities are advancing on the northern Plains, but historically dry conditions persist in much of the south-central U.S.