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Across the Corn Belt, a disturbance crossing the Great Lakes region is producing widespread showers. The rain is especially beneficial in Michigan, where topsoil moisture rated very short to short had risen to 71% by July 5. Some Midwestern locations, including Kalamazoo, Michigan, reported …

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Across the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather persists east of the Mississippi River. Among Midwestern States, Michigan led on July 5 with 14% of the corn rated very poor to poor, followed by Ohio (11%) and Indiana (10%). During the week ending July 5, the sharpest increases in topsoil moistu…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms dot the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, very warm, dry weather is causing some problems in the eastern Corn Belt with soil compaction, especially in areas where corn and soybeans germinated when soils were soggy.

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- or above-normal temperatures have returned in the wake of beneficial rainfall. Dryness-related concerns are greatest in the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybeans were generally planted later due to spring wetness and have faced adversities suc…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are continuing to aid summer crops in several areas, most notably the middle and upper Mississippi Valley. During the week ending June 28, topsoil moisture rated very short to short improved more than 15 percentage points in Indiana (from 54 to…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend across Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, where topsoil moisture shortages have begun to stress some corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are generally benefiting crops in the western and central Corn Belt, although l…

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Across the Corn Belt, lingering showers are ending across the Great Lakes region, as a low-pressure system lifts into Canada. Most of the Midwest is experiencing mild, dry weather—ideal for corn and soybeans in areas where soil moisture is adequate. However, pockets of unfavorable dryness pe…

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Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system (and its attendant cold front) is producing showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes region southward into the Ohio Valley. Rain is benefiting corn and soybeans in areas of the eastern Corn Belt that had turned dry in recent weeks. On June 21…

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Across the Corn Belt, lingering heat in the lower Great Lakes region contrasts with near- or below-normal temperatures across the remainder of the Midwest. Showers and thunderstorms are occurring in several areas, with the heaviest rain falling early Monday in eastern Iowa and northwestern I…

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Across the Corn Belt, warmth in the lower Great Lakes region contrasts with cooler conditions west of the Mississippi River. In addition, rain in the southwestern Corn Belt, including parts of Iowa and Nebraska, is helping to replenish topsoil moisture, following a period of hot, mostly dry …

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather continues. In addition, warm weather is replacing previously cool conditions, especially across the northern Corn Belt. As topsoil moisture continues to diminish, producers are monitoring corn for signs of stress. Earlier-planted corn (mainly in the western …

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers from the Mississippi Valley eastward. Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures continue to expand across the upper Midwest. Dry weather throughout the Corn Belt is reducing topsoil moisture. On June 14, Nebraska led the Corn Belt with topsoil moisture r…

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Across the Corn Belt, pockets of lowland flooding persist across the middle and upper Mississippi Valley and the eastern Dakotas, but in many areas of the Midwest, sunny, dry weather is nearly ideal for corn and soybean development.

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Across the Corn Belt, rain and gusty winds are affecting the upper Great Lakes region as a cold front interacts with Post-Tropical Cyclone Cristobal. Early Wednesday morning, Cristobal’s circulation was centered about 185 miles west of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, moving toward the north-no…

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Across the Corn Belt, rain is encroaching from the west, in conjunction with a cold front, and falling across Missouri and environs, associated with Tropical Depression Cristobal. Early Tuesday morning, Cristobal was centered about 80 miles east-southeast of Springfield, Missouri, moving nor…

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Across the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers and thunderstorms stretches from the lower Great Lakes region to Nebraska. Very warm weather prevails throughout the Midwest, promoting a rapid pace of corn, soybean, and winter wheat development. Eastern North Dakota, however, continues to deal…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. In fact, Tuesday’s high temperatures will reach 95º in parts of the upper Midwest. The warm, dry weather is nearly ideal for fieldwork and crop development, although parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt remain unfavorably …

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers continue along and east of a line from Michigan to southern Illinois. Meanwhile, cool, dry air is overspreading the western Corn Belt—a region where spring planting activities are nearing completion, except in areas of the far upper Midwest (e.g. easte…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and a few thunderstorms are spreading across southern production areas, mainly from Missouri to Ohio. Showers are also occurring in the upper Great Lakes region. Following last week’s downpours, wetness and fieldwork delays continue to plague portions of the eas…

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Across the Corn Belt, widespread cloudiness lingers. In addition, rain showers are occurring around the fringes of the Midwest, primarily in parts of Missouri and Ohio. Significant lowland flooding persists in several areas, most notably in Illinois (Illinois River basin), South Dakota (Jame…

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Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across the middle Ohio Valley, especially in southern Ohio. Meanwhile, runoff from earlier rain continues to cause lowland flooding from northern and central Illinois into Michigan. Recent dam breaks in Michigan have resulted in record flooding along the Ti…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool but dry weather from the Mississippi Valley westward favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall. However, widespread lowland flooding persists in northern and central Illinois and portions of neighboring states. Early Tuesday, the Illinois Rive…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to Missouri. Although heavy rain has ended across northern Illinois and environs, lowland flooding persists in some areas. Meanwhile, cool, dry air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where scattered frost was reported ear…

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Across the Corn Belt, mild air has replaced previously cool conditions. However, showers and thunderstorms accompany the warmer weather, especially from the Great Lakes region into the lower Missouri Valley. The onset of wet weather has slowed the pace of corn and soybean planting, which nat…

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Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool conditions persist. Freezes were reported Monday morning across portions of the northern Corn Belt, while frost was observed as far south as the middle Mississippi Valley. In the wake of widespread weekend freezes, producers continue to monitor emerged co…

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Across the Corn Belt, an historic, late-season cold outbreak is underway. Widespread freezes were noted Friday morning across the northern Corn Belt from the Dakotas to Wisconsin. However, crop emergence has been slow, despite rapid planting progress in some areas. For example, Minnesota’s c…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails, with widespread temperatures below 40° reported Wednesday morning. Wednesday’s low temperatures included 32° in Madison, Wisconsin; 33°F in Grand Forks, North Dakota; and 34° in Flint, Michigan. Although substantial corn and soybeans have been pla…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies widespread showers. The heaviest rain extends from the Red River Valley southeastward into the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather prevails in the southwestern Corn Belt, including Nebraska, where producers have achieved a rapid planting …