The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Topsoil moisture improves slightly across the state

Cooler temperatures and several showers across much of the state last week were a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far.

Recent rains modestly improve late-season crop conditions

Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. During the week ending August 19, soybeans rated very poor to poor fell (improved)—on the strength of cooler weather and recent rainfall—five percentage points in Indiana, Michigan, and South Dakota. Even with the improvement, more than one-third (37%) of the U.S.

Recent rains benefit much of the central Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Pastures and some soybeans continue to benefit from the recent turn toward cooler weather, as well as last week’s scattered showers—which were heaviest in the central Corn Belt.

On the Plains, hot, weather has returned to Montana, while mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region.

Topsoil moisture still very short in the wake of recent rains

Across the Corn Belt, topsoil moisture was rated mostly very short to short in Missouri (99% very short to short), Nebraska (96%), Illinois (95%), and Iowa (91%).

On the Plains, topsoil moisture remains at critically low levels across most of the region—with very short to short ratings dominating in Oklahoma (98% very short to short), Kansas (96%), and Nebraska (96%).

In the South

A pleasant change in weather ahead for the Midwest, Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cooler-than-normal weather prevails. Showers are exiting the eastern Corn Belt but returning to westernmost portions of the region. The recent turn toward cooler, wetter weather continues to benefit pastures and some soybeans.

Half the U.S. corn crop rated poor to very poor

Across the Corn Belt, heat is temporarily building back across southern portions of the region in advance of a cold front. In addition, unfavorably dry weather has returned, following last week’s beneficial showers. During the week ending August 5, half (50%) of the U.S. corn was rated very poor to poor, along with 39% of the U.S. soybeans.

A change in weather ahead over the weekend

Across  the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather is maintaining stressful conditions for many pastures and immature summer crops. Scattered showers in advance of a cold front are moving into the upper Midwest.

Record-shattering heat on the southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers and thunderstorms stretches from Michigan to southern Nebraska. The rain is providing localized relief to drought-stressed pastures and summer crops.

Critical topsoil moisture shortages across most of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, highly beneficial showers are affecting eastern areas, including northern Indiana. However, critical moisture shortages persist in most states, with Illinois reporting topsoil moisture 100% very short to short on July 29. Not far behind are Missouri (99%), Nebraska (96%), Iowa (96%), and Indiana (92%).

"Cooler" air covers the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, isolated showers are mainly confined to the Great Lakes region.