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Acreage cuts, preventive planting loom in key regions
It has been a week since the last rain fell in southern parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, with the rest of Indiana and Ohio seeing their last rain last Saturday. Thus, we are certainly drying out the eastern Corn Belt and for the first time this spring there is widespread planting taking place.
While it will not be totally dry there for the next week (especially tomorrow there is a rain), the rain activity looks quite scattered so good progress will continue to be made on fieldwork through the middle of next week. Less planting has gotten done this week in the northern Plains, as parts of that area have still seen rain this week (some of it over the past 24 hours.
Today will feature some rain in that area, it looks to be getting quite wet again for Monday night and beyond. Thus, we will continue to have a lot of difficult getting fieldwork done and the preventive planting option looks as a bigger and bigger factor for the marketplace to consider. For areas of the Midwest that have their fieldwork done, this is still a good forecast as soil moisture conditions are good and warm temperatures will really given the young corn and soybean crops some good early growth.
Today and Tuesday/Wednesday of next week look to be especially warm days in the Midwest with lots of 90s being recorded. Cooler weather is still suggested for late next week and into the following week, and along with that will come better odds for a more widespread precipitation event for the region.
It is a hot and dry ten day forecast for the Delta and the Southeast; great for getting fieldwork done but an especially tough forecast for the corn crop in the region (some of which is already pollinating). It is also a hot/dry forecast for West Texas cotton areas, and with that in mind one has to start speculating on some serious acreage cuts for the big dryland crop given the late date on the calendar.
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