Across the Corn Belt, recent dry and unusually warm weather continues to favor fieldwork, including early-season corn planting.
Last week saw a great deal of equipment preparation along with soil tillage and some planting across the state of Illinois, with an acceleration of work last weekend.
Many producers are busy applying fertilizer and spraying wheat. Other activities included hauling grain to market, repairing and installing drainage tile and taking care of livestock.
Warm and dry conditions will be the rule much of this this week.
High pressure over the Great Lakes, extending into the Midwest, will gradually move off to the east, allowing winds over the region to become southerly, allowing warm air to flow into the area.
Colder air continues to settle across the nation’s mid-section in the wake of a departing storm.
A Freeze Warning is in effect for Thursday morning across the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
Summer-like warmth and elevated humidity is expected Tuesday in the wake of late Monday’s warm frontal passage and scattered thunderstorm clusters. A stout south wind and ample to abundant sunshine will push top temperatures to either-side of the 80-degree mark.
It’s just what the “Weather Doctor” ordered: a windy, warm and dry spell of weather which continues through Friday.
March broke the cold trend with a statewide average temperature of 42.8 degrees, 2.4 degrees above normal.
While overall fields are wet, some producers are beginning to apply anhydrous where it is dry enough. In other places, producers are still busy moving grain and preparing equipment.
Topsoil moisture was rated 45 percent adequate and 55 percent surplus.
Winter wheat conditions stand at 5 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 45 percent fair, 27 percent good, and 2 percent excellent.