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Across the Corn Belt, warmer, favorably drier weather prevails. Still, U.S. corn and soybeans face significant growing-season hurdles, given record-late planting and lingering wetness in parts of the Midwest. 

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms across eastern areas are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable to locally excessive soil moisture for summer crops. The winter wheat harvest, already delayed by late crop maturation, is being further slowed by wet weather. 

In the South, heavy showers are occurring early Tuesday near the eastern Gulf Coast region and along and near the southern Mid-Atlantic coast. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather continues to promote a rapid pace of crop development, although drying conditions are less than ideal for cutting and baling hay.

In the West, unusually cool weather is slowing crop growth. In addition, isolated showers are affecting the Intermountain West and parts of the Rockies. Dry, breezy conditions are leading to an elevated risk of wildfires in parts of the Southwest, particularly in southern Utah and northern Arizona.

For the remainder of the week, a pair of weather systems will help to focus rainfall across the Southeast and parts of the nation’s mid-section, respectively. Rainfall will become excessive in parts of the Southeast, with more than 5 inches of rain possible in the eastern Gulf Coast region. Meanwhile, widespread 1- to 3-inch totals should occur in the southern Atlantic States and portions of the north-central U.S. In contrast, only light, scattered showers will affect the eastern Corn Belt and the western Gulf Coast region. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail in California and the Southwest, although below-normal temperatures in the Pacific Coast States will contrast with building heat farther inland.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of hotter-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in parts of the Southeast and across the nation’s northern tier from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Great Lakes region.

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Greg Soulje, a professional meteorologist since 1985, offers national agricultural weather forecasts via "This Week in Agribusiness."