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In the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to portions of the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, dry weather and near-normal temperatures favor a push toward corn and soybean maturation. However, statewide crop development is running as much as 2 to 3 weeks behind schedule in states such a…

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- or below-normal temperatures prevail in the wake of a departing cold front. A modern-era record was set for fewest U.S. soybeans setting pods by September 1. The previous record of 92% in 2013 was supplanted by this year’s figure of 86%. Similarly,…

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Across the Corn Belt, another surge of cool air is slowing the push of late-planted corn and soybeans toward maturation. In many upper Midwestern locations, Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 50°. Elsewhere, rain is largely confined to Missouri, where overnight thunderstorms result…

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms. The rain is benefiting corn and soybeans, but below-normal temperatures are maintaining concerns about developmental delays, especially in late-planted fields.

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Across the Corn Belt, a few showers linger across the Ohio Valley in the wake of a departing cold front. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, raising concerns about delayed maturation for late-planted corn and soybeans. Since the beginning of the 21st century, there have be…

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Across the Corn Belt, a cold front stretching from the lower Great Lakes region into Missouri is helping to focus showers and thunderstorms. The rain is generally benefiting late-planted, late-developing corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, cool, dry air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where Th…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are affecting some western production areas, including parts of the Missouri Valley. Cool air is arriving across the upper Midwest, but hot, humid conditions linger in the Ohio Valley.

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Across the Corn Belt, sunny weather and near-normal temperatures favor the development of late-planted corn and soybeans. In recent days, showers have benefited summer crops in some of the driest areas of the Midwest, although more rain will be needed as crops progress through the filling st…

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Across the Corn Belt, summer crops are developing amid an absence of heat stress, with near- or below-normal temperatures continuing. In addition, several clusters of showers are benefiting corn and soybeans. Early Friday, the most significant rainfall is occurring in parts of Missouri, Nebr…

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Across the Corn Belt, near- or below-normal temperatures continue to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, although significant developmental delays remain a concern as the end of summer approaches. By Aug. 11, more than one-fifth of the corn was not yet silking in Indiana, Mich…

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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. Despite an absence of heat stress, a difficult growing season continues in parts of the Midwest due to late-planted, poorly rooted corn and soybeans developing amid worsening topsoil moisture shortages.

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In the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers stretches from Michigan to Missouri. Prior to the rain, topsoil moisture had declined precipitously in parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt. On August 4, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half very short to short in Illinois (57%), Michi…

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from Michigan to Missouri. The showers are especially beneficial for reproductive corn and soybeans in the central Corn Belt that have received little rain in recent weeks. Meanwhile, cooler, drier air is…

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to affect the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, patchy dryness is adversely affecting some late-developing corn and soybeans in the central and eastern Corn Belt.

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather is easing stress on summer crops, although a few pockets of unfavorable dryness exist. Crop development remains significantly behind the normal pace, despite last week’s heat wave. For example, only 35% of the U.S. corn crop was silking by July 21, com…

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Across the Corn Belt, a heat wave is peaking, with Friday’s high temperatures expected to range from 90 to 100 degrees across all but northern corn and soybean production areas. High humidity levels accompany the hot weather, placing additional stress on livestock and poorly rooted crops.

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Across the Corn Belt, rain associated with Tropical Depression Barry is edging into southern parts of Illinois and Missouri. Meanwhile, showers in advance of an approaching cold front stretch from the upper Great Lakes region into Nebraska. Little rain has fallen so far in July across the so…

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Across the Corn Belt, sunny, warm weather favors a rapid pace of crop growth. However, corn and soybean stages of development remain far behind the average pace, owing to a sluggish spring planting pace. In addition, a few areas in the Midwest have not received much rain in recent days, lead…

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Across the Corn Belt, a cold front extends southward from the Great Lakes region. Very warm weather in advance of the front prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, while cool conditions cover the upper Midwest. Due to weather challenges that led to extremely late planting, only slightly more than…

During the next 5 days, an axis of heavy rain—with widespread totals of 2 to 4 inches or more—will stretch from Kansas and Oklahoma into the northern Mid-Atlantic States and southern New England.