The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Favorable weather pattern across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, mostly dry weather is ideal for summer crop development in areas with adequate moisture. However, topsoil moisture was rated more than one-half very short to short on July 8 in Missouri (69%) and Michigan (59%), leading to an increase in stress on reproductive corn and soybeans.

Warm, largely dry weather ahead for the area

Across the Corn Belt, warm weather has returned, following a brief cool spell. Across the lower Midwest, dry weather favors winter wheat maturation and harvesting. Currently, shower activity is limited to scattered locations across the upper Midwest.

Heat & humidity levels to briefly abate

Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Pockets of dryness are mostly limited to the northeastern and southwestern Corn Belt; on July 1, Missouri led the Midwest in topsoil moisture rated very short to short, at 52%, followed by Michigan at 28%.

An accelerated pace of crop development thus far

Across the Corn Belt, above-normal temperatures continue to promote a rapid pace of crop development. On July 1, progress for U.S. corn (17% silking) and soybeans (27% blooming) were significantly ahead of the respective 5-year averages of 8 and 13%.

Hot pattern to largely dominate the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, slightly cooler weather prevails in the wake of a weekend heat wave. In Midwestern areas experiencing drought, including portions of Missouri, the hot weather has increased stress on pastures and reproductive corn and soybeans.

Heat wave to briefly abate

Across the Corn Belt, heat is increasing, particularly along and west of the Mississippi River. However, a slow-moving cold front is generating showers and thunderstorms in the Upper Midwest, while showers continue in southern portions of the Corn Belt. Nevertheless, drought lingers in northern Missouri and environs.

Recurring spells of heat, humidity ahead

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather has returned to western corn and soybean production areas, but major flooding continues along several Missouri River tributaries in western Iowa and environs. Currently, rain has shifted into the eastern Corn Belt, where pockets of excessive wetness also exist. On June 24, topsoil moisture was rated 45% surplus in Ohio.

An extended period of heat & humidity ahead

Across the Corn Belt, showery weather persists. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across the western Corn Belt and the Ohio Valley. Producers in several areas, mainly across the northern and western Corn Belt, are dealing with standing water and excessive soil moisture, even as soil moisture shortages persist in portions of the southwestern Corn Belt.

Heat & humidity to dominate the Heartand next week

Across the Corn Belt, showers provided abundant to locally excessive levels of moisture for corn and soybean establishment. Rain missed most drought-affected locations in the southwestern Corn Belt.