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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 overspreading the upper Midwest. 

On the Plains, dry weather and near- or below-normal temperatures prevail in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Across the northern Plains, the dry weather favors winter wheat harvesting and the maturation of spring-sown small grains. Early Monday, a few showers linger across the southern Plains. 

In the South, showers and thunderstorms are entering the northwestern fringe of the region, including parts of Arkansas. A few showers are also occurring in Florida. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather is fostering a rapid pace of summer crop development.

In the West, an active monsoon circulation is resulting in showers and thunderstorms across southern parts of Arizona and New Mexico. Most other areas of the West are experiencing dry weather. However, cool weather along and near the Pacific Coast contrasts with hot conditions farther inland, including the Great Basin.

A slow-moving cold front currently crossing the Midwest will reach the Atlantic Seaboard around midweek. The front will stall along the middle and southern Atlantic Coast, where showers may persist for the remainder of the week. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches or more across the South, East, and lower Midwest.

Late in the week, a new round of showers and thunderstorms will develop across the nation’s midsection. Elsewhere, monsoon-related showers in the Four Corners states and environs will contrast with dry weather across the Far West and the southern High Plains.

Looking ahead, the six- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures and rainfall across most of the country. Cooler-than-normal conditions will be confined to the middle Mississippi Valley, the lower Ohio Valley and the northern Mississippi Delta, while drier-than-normal weather should be limited to the south-central U.S.

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