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Rains push planting back again

05/21/2013 @ 8:18am

Good rains of 0.25- to 1.0-inch-plus were widespread across Missouri and Illinois into western Indiana overnight. Rains were scattered over Iowa. There were numerous areas with heavier rainfall amounts during the night with several areas in Illinois receiving some 1- to 1.50-inch-plus rains from north of St. Louis up toward Peoria and to the west of Chicago.

Severe weather and heavy rains are possible again this afternoon and tonight as storms develop ahead of a slow moving cold front in eastern Iowa and Missouri. The greatest risk of severe weather is large hail and damaging winds, mainly east of the Illinois river in Illinois and eastward toward Indiana. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will be possible tomorrow through tomorrow night over parts of central Corn Belt states.

Showers and thundershowers will begin to increase again in the western Corn Belt by Friday spreading eastward into the central Corn Belt states by Saturday. Some drying weather may occur Sunday through Tuesday of next week in the central and eastern Corn Belt states, but scattered showers are forecast to return during the mid to latter part of next week, particularly over the northern Corn Belt.

Daytime temperatures next week are forecast to be in the 70s and 80s for much of the week, which should be favorable for germination and early crop growth. According to the crop progress report, as of Sunday there was record corn planting progress across the Midwest, but still approximately 20% to 25% of the corn needs to be planted in Iowa and Illinois. Many fields in Iowa were wet on Monday, but Illinois did not receive significant rain until last evening.

Wet fields across central Iowa and most of Illinois and Indiana will delay further corn and soybean planting for a few days thru midweek, but may pick up just ahead of the forecast early weekend shower activity. Parts of eastern Iowa missed the heavier rains over the past 24 hours. This area was one of the wettest for the last 30 to 45 days, so the lack of rain in some areas may allow additional planting activity in this area.


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