Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading western portions of the region. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting efforts.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable moisture levels for emerged summer crops. However, wet conditions are slowing late-season corn and soybean planting efforts.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the lower Great Lakes region into Iowa. The storms are gradually closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting efforts in the eastern Corn Belt. Much cooler air trails the cold front.
The statewide average rainfall for Illinois in May was 5.6inches, 1.3 inches above average. Combined with the 2.8 inches in March and 7.3 inches in April, the total rainfall for this spring was 15.7 inches. This is the seventh wettest spring on record since 1895 and 4.3 inches above average, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Across the Corn Belt, warm air is spreading northward, although relatively cool conditions linger in the Great Lakes region and the Dakotas. Late-season planting continues to quickly advance, particularly in the eastern Corn Belt, while scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is overspreading the Great Lakes region, while showers and thunderstorms are affecting the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys. Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting late-season planting efforts, especially in the eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, showers associated with a cold front are affecting some areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather is allowing producers to proceed with corn and soybean planting activities that have been frequently delayed by cool, soggy conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, dry but very cool weather covers the upper Midwest. Frost was noted in the Red River Valley, where Grand Forks, North Dakota, reported a low temperature of 30°F. Meanwhile, rain and soggy fields continue to delay planting activities across the central and eastern Corn Belt.