The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Midwestern planting delays continue

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry but cool weather favors a return to fieldwork as conditions permit. A few showers linger, however, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes and across the Ohio Valley. On May 28, soybean planting ranged from 12 to 21 percentage points behind the respective 5-year averages in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin—with planting only 45% complete in Wisconsin.

"Cool" pattern to hold across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather prevails, while clouds and a few showers linger in the upper Midwest. Fieldwork remains sluggish in areas where soils are muddy and where drying rates have been slowed by cool, cloudy weather; last week’s rainfall was heaviest in the southern and eastern Corn Belt.

Unsettled weather returning to the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, producers are resuming fieldwork in some areas, amid mostly dry weather and a gradual warming trend. However, a few rain showers are spreading across the western Corn Belt. By May 21, corn planting was at least 90% complete in several states, including Iowa, Minnesota, and Missouri.

More unsettled weather for the Holiday Weekend

Across the Corn Belt, cool, cloudy, showery weather continues to restrict most fieldwork operations. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in the lower Ohio Valley.

Wet weather for part of the Holiday Weekend

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather is limiting fieldwork. Despite less-than-ideal spring weather, corn planting was within 10 percentage points of the respective 5-year averages on May 21 in all Midwestern States, ranging from 65% complete in Wisconsin to 94% complete in Minnesota.

A wet, active pattern returning to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, light freezes occurred Friday morning in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, possibly burning back summer crops that had emerged in recent days. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are pushing across the southwestern Corn Belt, accompanied and trailed by a surge of cooler air.

Favorable, Summer-like pattern continues for now

On the Plains, stormy weather continues in the wake of Tuesday night’s severe thunderstorms, which stretched from western Texas into southern Nebraska. In areas affected by tornadoes or high winds, recovery efforts are underway as conditions permit. Meanwhile, sharply cooler air is arriving across the northern Plains, slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted summer crops.

Stalled fieldwork now accelerating in the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading the northern tier of the region, from Minnesota to Michigan, slowing a previously torrid planting pace. In Minnesota, nearly half (49%) of the intended corn acreage was planted during the week ending May 14, along with 45% of the sugarbeets and 43% of the soybeans.

Much better weather overspreads the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors corn and soybean planting, except in some of the wettest areas. In those wet spots, largely stretching from Missouri to Indiana, producers continue to grapple with issues such as whether or not to replant corn.

A welcome pattern shift ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are limited to the southern tier of the region, including southern sections of Illinois and Missouri. Elsewhere, dry weather favors planting activities and other fieldwork, except in areas of the eastern Corn Belt still grappling with cool soils and lingering wetness.