The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

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.

More rain ahead for much of the Midwest Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails, except for a few showers in western production areas. Planting activities continue at a rapid pace across the far upper Midwest, but significant fieldwork delays persist in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On May 7, topsoil moisture was rated at least two-thirds surplus in Ohio (72%) and Indiana (71%).

Wetter spells returning to much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, Frost and Freeze Warnings were in effect again Tuesday morning across the lower Great Lakes region, including Michigan and northern and eastern Ohio. Meanwhile, showers in the vicinity of a warm front extend across parts of Illinois and Indiana. Warmth is building into the middle Mississippi Valley, helping to dry out soggy fields in the wake of a significant flood event.

A much-needed drier weather pattern ahead

On the Plains, warm, dry weather prevails. Some of the warmest weather is occurring on the northern Plains, where Friday’s high temperatures will range from 80 to 90°. Activities include an acceleration of previously delayed spring wheat planting on the northern Plains and assessments of winter wheat damage and livestock losses in blizzard-affected areas of western Kansas and environs.

A drier, more seasonal May pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, soaking rain continues to prevent fieldwork from the middle Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes region. Prior to this storm, topsoil moisture was at least half surplus in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. In contrast, upper Midwestern fieldwork is accelerating, despite cool conditions.

More rain ahead to exascerbate flooding

On the Plains, mild weather is returning to Texas, but chilly conditions persist farther north. Recovery efforts continue in areas hardest hit by the weekend blizzard, which was most severe in western Kansas and environs. Producers in the blizzard-affected region continue to assess wheat and livestock losses.

Most Midwestern fieldwork at a standstill

Across the Corn Belt, a mix of rain and snow is falling across the upper Midwest, where fieldwork is at a standstill. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are crossing the eastern Corn Belt.