The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Planting progress improves across the upper Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather across the upper Midwest is helping producers make significant progress in areas where planting has been significantly delayed. On May 13 in Minnesota, planting progress for both corn (40% complete) and soybeans (11% complete) was at least 25 percentage points behind the 5-year averages.

Planting progress improves across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers stretches from Michigan to Missouri. The rain is slowing a previously rapid fieldwork pace, but is benefiting recently emerged corn and soybeans. In Illinois, soybeans were 66% planted and 24% emerged by May 13, compared to the respective 5-year averages of 24 and 6%.

A wide gap of planting progress across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, rainy weather is maintaining a sluggish fieldwork pace across the upper Midwest. This is further widening the gap between planting progress in northern corn and soybean production areas and the southern Corn Belt, where warm, dry weather prevails.

A contrast of soil moisture across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain is maintaining a slow pace of planting progress in parts of the upper Midwest. In contrast, dryness has begun to develop in the southwestern Corn Belt, where topsoil moisture was rated at least one-quarter very short to short on May 6 in Missouri (27%) and Nebraska (25%).

Warmer, but wetter days ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors spring fieldwork, including corn and soybean planting. Some planting delays persist, however, in upper Midwestern areas—mainly in parts of Iowa and southern Wisconsin—that received at least 2 to 4 inches of rain last week.

Warmer days for the Corn Belt, wetter in spots, too

Across the Corn Belt, showers are further delaying fieldwork in Great Lakes Region. In contrast, dry, warmer weather across the Upper Midwest is enabling corn, soybean, and spring wheat planting after a very slow start.

Weather largely favorable across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are further delaying fieldwork in central portions of the region. In contrast, drier, warmer weather across the Upper Midwest is allowing producers to commence planting of corn, soybeans and spring wheat.

A welcome change in weather underway

Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather lingers in the Ohio Valley, where Frost and Freeze advisories were in effect early Monday. Meanwhile, much warmer air is overspreading the western Corn Belt, promoting an acceleration of corn planting and other spring fieldwork.

Drier, progressively milder weather...for now

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. Midwestern fieldwork, including planting activities, has begun to advance in recent days, although variable field conditions have resulted in uneven progress. By April 22, corn planting had not yet begun in many Midwestern States, including Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas.