The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Scattered showers arrive in the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing a previously rapid pace of fieldwork, especially in the Mississippi Valley. By April 17, Missouri led the Midwest with 58% of its intended corn acreage planted, compared to the 5-year average of 21%.

More warm, dry weather across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers are limited to western sections of the region, including the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, such as corn planting.

Near-perfect weather across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, wet snow is blanketing portions of northern and western Montana. Meanwhile, rain showers stretch southward from the Dakotas into Kansas. However, dry weather prevails across the southern Plains in advance of an approaching storm system.

A very favorable Midwestern weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, warmer air continues to replace previously cool conditions, especially across the upper Midwest. Conditions are starting to favor spring planting preparations and early-season corn planting. By April 10, the only Midwestern States where corn had been sown were Missouri (24% planted) and Illinois (2%).

Even better April weather ahead

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails, except for rain and snow showers in the upper Great Lakes region. With dry weather in place and a warming trend commencing, producers are gearing up for spring planting.

Drier weather with a warm-up insight

Across the Corn Belt, chilly, breezy conditions prevail. A few snow showers are occurring in the upper Great Lakes region, while locally heavy rain is falling in the Ohio Valley.

Widespread freezes ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly cloudy, breezy weather persists, accompanied by a few rain and snow showers. The winter-like weather regime continues to limit spring fieldwork, including Michigan’s sugar beet planting—not yet underway by April 3, compared to the 5-year average of 12%.

Cold air again on the move

Across the Corn Belt, colder, breezy weather is arriving in the wake of a departing storm system. However, scattered rain showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt, with some snow falling in northern Michigan.

A chilly pattern to persist

Across the Corn Belt, rain is falling in many areas, with snow limited to the upper Great Lakes region. Winter wheat has broken dormancy with few concerns; on April 3, most of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition in Ohio (85%), Indiana (79%), Michigan (72%), Missouri (67%), and Illinois (67%).