The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Rains increasing across parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork continues at a rapid pace in most eastern crop production areas, although a few showers have developed in the lower Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, widespread showers and thunderstorms west of the Mississippi River are disrupting late-season planting activities.

Scattered showers in the western Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing fieldwork mainly along and west of a line from Wisconsin to Missouri. Fieldwork continues to progress at a rapid pace in the eastern Corn Belt. During the week ending May 22, Michigan planted nearly one-third (31%) of its intended corn acreage—reaching 65% planted overall.

Rain & storms returning to the Plains

On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a stormy weather pattern that developed during the weekend. Over time, rainfall has gradually shifted eastward from the High Plains. The wet weather is slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture for winter wheat and spring-sown crops.

Drier weather to linger into early next week

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather in the upper Midwest continues to favor soybean and late-season corn planting. Fields continue to gradually dry out in the eastern Corn Belt States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but showers are returning to parts of the southern Corn Belt, including Missouri and southern Illinois.

A drier Midwest pattern to extend into next week

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a slow warming trend. Fieldwork is progressing across the upper Midwest, which has been mostly dry in recent days, but planting delays persist in wetter sections of the southern and eastern Corn Belt.

A moderating tend in temperatures

Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather prevails, except for some lingering rain showers in Ohio. As a high pressure system settles across the Midwest, Frost and Freeze Advisories were in effect early Wednesday across portions of Michigan and Wisconsin.

Midwestern fieldwork delays continue

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors fieldwork across the upper Midwest. However, upper Midwestern producers also continue to monitor the effects of the May 14-15 freezes on corn and other crops. On May 15, one-sixth to one-quarter of the corn had emerged in North Dakota (22% emerged), South Dakota (17%), and Wisconsin (17%).

Warmer, drier days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, freeze warnings were in effect early today across much of Ohio, with frost reported in parts of Indiana and Michigan. Monday morning’s low temperatures in Ohio included 31° in Cincinnati and 32° in Columbus—both records for May 16. Producers in freeze-affected areas are monitoring crops such as emerged corn and headed winter wheat for signs of injury.

Wet pattern to continue through mid- next week

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather is slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn and soybeans. Currently, showers are spreading across the upper Midwest in conjunction with a cold front’s passage.