Across the Corn Belt, mild to warm, mainly dry weather favors corn and soybean maturation.
On the Plains, markedly cooler air has overspread the region following Monday’s record-setting heat. Meanwhile on the northern Plains, small grain harvest activities are resuming.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms linger across Florida and along the Atlantic Seaboard. Elsewhere, dry weather and late-summer warmth are promoting summer crop maturation and harvesting. By August 22, the soybean harvest was well underway in Louisiana (16% complete), while the corn harvest was approaching the halfway mark in Georgia (48% complete) and Arkansas (44%).
In the West, building heat is promoting fieldwork and crop development across the Pacific Coast States and the Desert Southwest. Cool, showery conditions linger, however, in the southern Rockies.