The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers in the Great Lakes region. Dry weather has returned to the remainder of the Midwest, although minor fieldwork delays persist. Among the Midwestern States, only Missouri reported a significant soybean planting delay (20% planted by May 24, vs. the 5-year average of 43%).
Across the Corn Belt, light freezes were noted Tuesday morning in parts of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, possibly burning back some new corn growth. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of Minnesota’s corn had emerged by May 17. Farther east, cool, dry weather favors a gradual return to fieldwork in the central and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather prevails between storms. However, showers linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region in conjunction with a departing system, while rain is returning to parts of Nebraska in advance of an approaching storm.
Across the Corn Belt, frost advisories were in effect early Wednesday across much of Wisconsin, where 9% of the corn had emerged by May 10 and Wednesday morning’s temperatures locally fell below 32°. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cool, dry weather favors fieldwork but is slowing summer crop emergence and development.
Across the Corn Belt, lingering warmth in the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes region contrasts with sharply cooler conditions west of the Mississippi River. In recent days, conditions for planting have been nearly ideal in the eastern Corn Belt. Currently, a band of showers stretches from Wisconsin to southeastern Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions across the upper Midwest contrast with warm weather in the Ohio Valley. Near the boundary between cool and warm air, showers stretch from Michigan to Missouri. In the eastern Corn Belt, where fieldwork had been previously delayed, producers are planting ahead of anticipated rainfall.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing the previously torrid pace of summer crop planting. Among the Midwestern States, only Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio failed to plant at least one-third of the intended corn acreage during the week ending May 3. Iowa led the nation with 54% of its corn planted during the week.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to Missouri. Prior to this rainfall, most of the Midwest had experienced several days of “open” weather, promoting a rapid corn and soybean planting pace.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to a small band stretching from Minnesota to Nebraska. Elsewhere in the Midwest, corn planting is proceeding at a rapid pace, except in areas of the southeastern Corn Belt that remain cool with damp soils.