The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill due to cool, showery, breezy conditions. Tuesday morning’s temperatures are below 40° in the upper Midwest, where significant rain is occurring. During the week ending April 27, producers were able to plant more than one-fifth of their intended corn acreage in Illinois (27%) and Missouri (21%).
Across the Corn Belt, rain is falling across large sections of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Dry weather has returned from the Mississippi Valley westward, allowing for a limited resumption of fieldwork. However, soils remain too cool for appreciable corn planting in the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is halting fieldwork across the upper Midwest. In contrast, mild, dry weather favors corn planting and other spring fieldwork in the Ohio Valley. On April 20, corn planting was at least 10 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Across the Corn Belt, showers are ending across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Cooler weather prevails throughout the Midwest in the wake of a departing cold front, although a return to dry weather favors a limited resumption of fieldwork.
Across the Corn Belt, National Weather Service Frost and Freeze warnings were in effect early Thursday in parts of the middle Ohio Valley. Farther north, late-season snow continues to accumulate in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Throughout the Midwest, cool weather is limiting spring fieldwork.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather has returned to the Great Lakes region, but near- to above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest. Rain showers are mostly confined to two small areas: parts of Ohio and the upper Mississippi Valley.
On the Plains, unusually cold weather persists from Nebraska northward. Farther south, showers and thunderstorms are developing across the southeastern Plains, but warm, dry, windy conditions persist on the southern High Plains.
Across the Corn Belt, snow lingers across parts of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, while a few rain showers are crossing Michigan and Ohio. Midwestern winter wheat appears to be emerging from dormancy in reasonably good shape, with nearly half (47%) of the Illinois crop rated in good to excellent condition on March 30.
On the Plains, cold weather prevails, except for some lingering warmth in Texas. Patches of light snow are affecting the northern and central Plains, while a few rain showers are developing in central Texas.